YOUNG BROTHERS | Your Neighbor Island Partner

Frequently Asked Questions

Young Brothers, Limited receives inquiries regarding our services on a daily basis. To help our customers find the answers to the questions they have, here are a few of our most frequently asked questions. If the information listed below does not answer your questions or you require more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

General

Is Young Brothers required to prepare environmental impact statements (EIS) or environmental assesments?
All harbor improvements at YB facilities must comply with the State’s environmental review process. Any new use of State property or funds “triggers” an environmental review under HRS Chapter 343. Like other commercial harbor users, YB occupies State Department of Transportation (DOT) property. In exchange for the use of DOT property, we pay various harbor fees such as lease payments, revocable permit payments, and dockage, wharfage, and storage fees. Because YB has operated continuously for decades, and because DOT periodically conducts harbor master plans and environmental reviews of those plans, YB’s use of harbor facilities have consistently been covered by such DOT reviews. However, any new YB facility improvements not previously covered by a master plan would trigger a separate environmental review. As a general rule, the greater the potential impact, the higher the level of review.

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Shipping Goods

Does Young Brothers offer a discount for local agricultural products?
YB offers extremely reasonable rates for local agricultural products. Specifically, YB has offered an “Island Product” discount for decades. In 1995, that discount was raised to 30% for less than container load (LCL) shipments. More recently, a 35% discount for straight load container shipments has been added. For example, a Maui customer can ship 400 pounds of produce for about $52, including YB services to load the pallet into a YB refrigerated container, load the container onto the barge, transport the refrigerated container via barge, and unload it in Honolulu the next day. (This price fluctuates with the cost of fuel.) We also have similarly discounted rates on farming “inputs” like feed, fertilizer, and fiberboard.

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Can agricultural products be refrigerated during transport on a Young Brothers barge?
Yes. For years, YB has supported local farmers with refrigeration services at extremely reasonable rates. YB accepts straight-load refrigerated containers, as well as less-than-container-loads (LCL). Containers can be provided by YB, or shippers may use their own equipment. For LCL, YB stevedores will load the cargo into a YB refrigerated container, load the container onto the barge, transport the refrigerated container via barge, and unload the cargo from the container at the destination port.

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How and when should I pay for my shipment?
Young Brothers accepts cash, personal checks or charge cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover). Customers may also establish an account with Young Brothers and charge their account. Customers have the option of paying for the freight charges at the time of drop off (Port of Origin) or at the time of pick up (Port of Destination).

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I have a small box I need to send to Kauai. Can I ship it through Young Brothers?
Yes, Young Brothers will be glad to assist you. Your box does not require reservations and should be brought to Young Brothers one day prior to the barge sailing date or at the very latest by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the barge sailing.

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When is the latest I can drop off my cargo and have it make the barge?
Young Brothers recommends that cargo be delivered the day prior to the barge sailing date. If this is not possible, cargo should be delivered as early as possible on the date the barge is scheduled to sail. Click here for schedules.

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Can I ship from Maui to Kauai?
Yes, although Young Brothers does NOT directly sail from one neighbor island port to another. The cargo may be shipped from Maui to Honolulu, where it would be discharged and loaded onto the barge departing for Kauai. Young Brothers calls this a transshipment.

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Does Young Brothers ship to the mainland?
Young Brothers does NOT ship outside the State of Hawaii.

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Shipping Vehicles

Does Young Brothers allow refrigeration trucks to plug in to power outlets during the voyage?
YB transports cargo in refrigerated containers – not refrigeration trucks. At YB, customers bring perishable cargo in refrigerated containers (either provided by Young Brothers or owned by the shipper) or in smaller units such as pallets or boxes, which YB stevedores load into YB refrigerated containers. Either way, all cargo is “plugged in” while in YB’s care.

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Does Young Brothers charge an extra weight fee, and would it apply to my vehicle?
The extra weight fee applies to any cargo (including vehicles and containers) exceeding 60,000 pounds (30 tons). Automobiles are typically up to 6,500 pounds (a little over 3 tons).

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What is required to ship my car to another island?
Reservations are required for all automobile shipments and should be placed at least two weeks in advance by calling any Young Brothers Office. Click here to view the process of Shipping Your Vehicle. Hawaii State Law requires that the shipper have proper documentation to ship the car. Click here for Documentation Requirements.

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How much will it cost to ship my car?
Automobile rates are based upon vehicle weights and dimensions. Click here for a general for the tariff rates. In addition to freight charges, shipments are assessed wharfage and insurance charges.

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Schedule & Maps

How long does it take a Young Brothers barge to sail to its destination?
YB’s barges provide next day delivery. We generally load our barges during the day, set sail in the evening, and arrive the next day. Depending on the type of cargo, a customer may be able to drop off cargo at a YB one day and pickup at another YB port the next day. You can check our recommended delivery and availability information on our Schedules and Maps Section

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