Los Angeles trophy clearing and import duties

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  1. libertarian

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    Does anyone know a good customs broker for the Los Angeles area? I'm considering using one, but I'd like to use someone local if at all possible.

    Also, I can't find any definitive information on the import duties due on hunting trophies... I know there are inspection fees, but does Customs charge a tax as well?

    TIA
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    No tax is due. You will save yourself a ton of money by doing the clearing yourself. FWS and Customs are very helpful.
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    Here is ifo from one I used in San Fran. Not LA but hope it helps.

    Bill Youngblood
    TransPak International
    Import Coordinator

    130 Produce Ave Suite H
    South San Francisco, CA 94080

    (650) 588 9882 Tel
    (650) 873 5639 Fax

    bill.youngblood@transpak.com
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    Any Updated on this Thread? I should have some trophies coming back in early 2013\
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    I have used Coppersmith for both of my trip to Africa. They do have a office in Los Angeles. Try 310-607-8000. Bruce
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    If it is a dip and pack shippment it will have to go to an approved taxidermist first before being released to you. If it is all finished and mounted trophies it can be released to you right at the airport. If it stays for several days at the airport you will pay storage charges. I've tried twice in LA on the horns and hides type stuff and they won't budge even though their guide book says that dried skins and clean skulls can be released to the owner. The approved taxidermist is another charge you'll have to incur as it has to travel to them via bonded trucking not your pickup truck.
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    Thanks for the information guys, I also have trophys coming home from South Africa, fully mounted.
    Hopefully by the end of the year, can't wait to get my hands on them Brian:D

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