Trophy Shipping

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  1. Lapaiki39

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    I live in Hawaii and will be hunting in South Africa. My Taxidermist is in Arizona. What would be the best option for trophy shipping to the states? Would clearing customs for my trophies be better if its done in San Francisco or Atlanta. Would I be able to get quotes from an African shipping company for the estimated charges? Any referral's for brokers? I would set up the shipping to my Taxidermist after it clears customs. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Also looking for some customs brokers in Atlanta that I could speak with ahead of time to get quotes for this service. This will be my first trip to Africa. Thanks for all your help!
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    sestoppelman SILVER SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    All of these questions can be answered by your booking agent and your taxidermist. Plus Brickburn can help you find the proper threads on here to peruse, there are lots of opinions on this. Good luck.
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    Lapaiki

    visit with your taxidermist as who he suggest you use.

    That way it will be easier for you to keep every one in the loop.
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    Every freight forwarder in RSA will ship your trophies to the US anywhere you want.
    Air is fastest. Typically.

    Which ever is closest to your taxidermist. That choice is likely going to be setting the port of entry.


    Every reputable shipped will give you an ESTIMATE, not a QUOTE. The estimate will be in the ball park for budgeting. Some are over, some are under. They do it all the time. Just email them.

    This is where I would use the search above and see what people have said in the past.

    Enter "Broker" in the search function and you will see a list of threads.


    Good luck.
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    here is some of the best...did use Safari, Emiac and Spherical Freight in the past...


    Safari Cargo
    Tel: 011-979 3770
    Mail: info@safaricargo.co.za

    Emiac
    Tel: 011-392 1657
    Mail: info@emiac.com

    Tracks Freight
    Tel: 011-552 5938
    Mail: info@tracksfreight.co.za

    Zingela Forwarders
    Tel: 011- 395 1855
    Mail: zingelaforwarders@vodamail.co.za

    Spherical Freight Services
    Tel: 011-615 7636
    Mail: sulene@sphericalfreight.co.za / info@sphericalfreight.co.za
    Contract: Sulene Botha
    Web: Spherical Freight

    SBS Logistics
    Tel: +2711-822 3539
    Mail: colleens@sbslogistics.co.za
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    That is the list of the typical culprits in the industry. The only one I have not heard of is Emiac.
    Safari Cargo, Zingela and Tracks Freight will certainly give you estimates on your shipping and packing.
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    Thanks guys. Think I'll dip & pack in Africa & save the taxidermy for the US.
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    After sending out a few emails, I am shocked by the shipping estimates! Pleasantly shocked I might add. I think the air freight & shipping costs here within the US are much more than what it costs to get items to the states from Africa. There was also a lot of dispairity between the container weights and estimated sizes but I expected that. Now I'm looking for dip & pack and I noticed here on the forum a lot of great advice. They even pick up the trophies for you in some parts. Thanks for all your help!
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    If you have not settled on an import broker you should consider Coppersmith. They handled both of my trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Namibia. I dealt with the Seattle office but they also have offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, and San Francisco. They did a great job both times for me. The have a pretty good web site with good info on there regarding trophy import. It is a good idea to have all of this stuff: Hunting Area, PH, dip and pack, shipper, taxidermist, and import broker lined up ahead of time as much as you can anyway. I hope you have a great hunt and best of luck!
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    if you decide to do the dip & pack and broker in Atlanta PM me and I will send you contact info for my broker she's about 300+- bucks cheaper then Coppersmith and I have found she is 200% better. even Delta Cargo agent was impressed by her Services.
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    Thanks for all your help everyone! Looking forward to our upcoming trip to South Africa.

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