Finally Time to Join, Have some questions on Shipping Trophies

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Hello Fellow hunters!

Been a long time reader and figured that I should finally join since I have a hunt planned for 2021. This will be my first trip the the Dark Continent, and this site has been great for researching.

Current question: I know that COVID shutdowns have really caused issues with hunters getting trophies home. I have read multiple things about shipping via airfreight and some about ocean freight. What is the pros/cons of each? Does anyone know what the cost of ocean freight vs airfreight is right now?

Hope that I can get some info on this so that I can finalize plans.
 

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It cost me more to get my trophies home from Denmark because of covid. Prices should be back to normal with a 2021 safari.
 

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Shipping costs are a function of volume and weight. Thus it depends on how many animals and if it is just dip/pack or mounted trophies. Any quote you get now will be inflated. Go enjoy your trip and deal with the shipping quote after.
 

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Your PH will have connections with a local taxidermist, who in-turn will have connections with a shipping company (schooled in both air and ocean freight.)

I have shipped trophies both ways. Ocean freight was less expensive and just the travel component took longer. Although the salted/pesticide-dipped hides showed some exposure to moisture, they were just fine (no hair slippage, mounts turned out perfectly in America. I've additionally had rifles taken out of airplane storage covered with moisture and rust beginning to develop after several days in transit! We flew through storms and those compartments aren't climate controlled-same conditions your hides will endure.) I think it's better to take longer, as there are plenty of bills to pay after you've arrived home...Air is akin to buying a plane ticket to fly the heads/hides/horns home, through multiple countries, first-class. It always seems the shipper tries to talk me out of ocean freight...

Ex. 1: safari co. delivers salted hides/heads/horns to taxidermist-taxidermist performs dip/pack and courier delivers to shipping co.-shipping co. completes paperwork, crates and delivers to ocean freight co. who packs an intermodal container with many customers' trophies-freighter leaves that country and heads to American port-trophies are warehoused for customs inspection and clearance (by a local customs broker)-in many cases the customs broker either delivers or has trophies picked up by your taxidermist.

Ex. 2: everything above, excepting the trophies fly through several countries (i.e. Namib, SA) and the shipping co. must get customs clearance in all destinations. there is more work, paperwork, and added expense. The crates often sit at customs warehouses at airports-which seem to take longer and with greater expense to clear. Even though air freight is regarded as quicker, even so I've received items a year later (by air.) It made no difference, excepting in cost.

It's quite the process. By choosing wisely, you can spend the savings on additional hunts.

One thing I've never heard people make mention of is having everything properly processed (tanned, bleached of all extraneous matter) and simply express shipped (i.e. DHL) to you or your local airport. This should be capitalized upon by African businesspeople! There appear to be companies, that have a hand in the pockets of all hunters, from both sides of the pond. It's a whole 'nother industry. Your job is to fight the good fight (make your own decisions) and not waste your $. I've had some issues with customs brokers (and tanneries) on this side of the pond, but one in Atlanta is getting rave reviews these days. Waldun tannery in SC (great) picks up from ATL all the time and can simply mail the finished hides to your home or taxidermist. I've had tanneries and taxidermists write letters to the customs broker so that I may pick up myself and deliver to the professionals of my choosing...(it just made sense when I scheduled work with my truck near NYC.)

Some have mentioned recent delays in the process. I'm sure this will be alleviated somewhat next year...I have experienced delays in the past (a year is not uncommon,) but 'have always received the trophies in good order.

Now, on to voting for TRUMP!
 
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Get in touch with @TROPHY SHIPPERS

Tom does outstanding work, and is very fairly priced. He can answer any question you have about getting your trophies home.

I’ve had a shipment stalled a bit over flights availability this year.. but Tom and his team have been all over it and have made sure the process has been easy and stress free on my end..

This is the second time we’ve used @TROPHY SHIPPERS.. we used another company in the past.. the experience wasn’t bad.. but it was more expensive and more of a hassle... so for me.. I now just call Tom and let them work out all the details... he’ll get you the best priced, most reliable option for getting your stuff home, and make it as easy as just a couple of calls and emails to get it all done..
 

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To do the importation relatively painless use a broker like Hunting Trophy Shippers, a site sponsor.

 

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Welcome to AH - Looks like your getting some good advice on the shipping
 

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AfricaDreams, welcome to the AH forums! It looks like your question is/has been answered.
Best of luck planning your adventure!
 

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Your PH will have connections with a local taxidermist, who in-turn will have connections with a shipping company (schooled in both air and ocean freight.)

I have shipped trophies both ways. Ocean freight was less expensive and just the travel component took longer. Although the salted/pesticide-dipped hides showed some exposure to moisture, they were just fine (no hair slippage, mounts turned out perfectly in America. I've additionally had rifles taken out of airplane storage covered with moisture and rust beginning to develop after several days in transit! We flew through storms and those compartments aren't climate controlled-same conditions your hides will endure.) I think it's better to take longer, as there are plenty of bills to pay after you've arrived home...Air is akin to buying a plane ticket to fly the heads/hides/horns home, through multiple countries, first-class. It always seems the shipper tries to talk me out of ocean freight...

Ex. 1: safari co. delivers salted hides/heads/horns to taxidermist-taxidermist performs dip/pack and courier delivers to shipping co.-shipping co. completes paperwork, crates and delivers to ocean freight co. who packs an intermodal container with many customers' trophies-freighter leaves that country and heads to American port-trophies are warehoused for customs inspection and clearance (by a local customs broker)-in many cases the customs broker either delivers or has trophies picked up by your taxidermist.

Ex. 2: everything above, excepting the trophies fly through several countries (i.e. Namib, SA) and the shipping co. must get customs clearance in all destinations. there is more work, paperwork, and added expense. The crates often sit at customs warehouses at airports-which seem to take longer and with greater expense to clear. Even though air freight is regarded as quicker, even so I've received items a year later (by air.) It made no difference, excepting in cost.

It's quite the process. By choosing wisely, you can spend the savings on additional hunts.

One thing I've never heard people make mention of is having everything properly processed (tanned, bleached of all extraneous matter) and simply express shipped (i.e. DHL) to you or your local airport. This should be capitalized upon by African businesspeople! There appear to be companies, that have a hand in the pockets of all hunters, from both sides of the pond. It's a whole 'nother industry. Your job is to fight the good fight (make your own decisions) and not waste your $. I've had some issues with customs brokers (and tanneries) on this side of the pond, but one in Atlanta is getting rave reviews these days. Waldun tannery in SC (great) picks up from ATL all the time and can simply mail the finished hides to your home or taxidermist. I've had tanneries and taxidermists write letters to the customs broker so that I may pick up myself and deliver to the professionals of my choosing...(it just made sense when I scheduled work with my truck near NYC.)

Some have mentioned recent delays in the process. I'm sure this will be alleviated somewhat next year...I have experienced delays in the past (a year is not uncommon,) but 'have always received the trophies in good order.

Now, on to voting for TRUMP!
CW,

Thanks for the insight on both methods. May I ask what your costs were for ocean freight and arifrieght? What was the general time difference in getting shipments to the states? My biggest concern would be the skins sitting in a metal container for months on end.
 

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Welcome to the AH community. Someone above gave wise counsel in that too often we get bogged down in safari planning with the minor details and miss the big picture. My advice is focus on the safari itself. Once back home, use that time after the safari to research the best way and broker to get your trophies home. I have never really worried about the how it gets back. In eight African safaris I have had only two capes that did not turn out as usable. I doubt that was from transit, but more related to the prep by the outfitters team, and both capes were easily replaced by different taxidermist without additional charges, which I would have been glad to pay for.
 

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Welcome aboard! I would reach out to these 2 companies

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Welcome to AH AfricaDreams! Nice to have you as part of our community. Enjoy the site!
 

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Hello AfricaDreams,

Khomas Highland Hunting Safaris of Namibia, welcomes you to the greatest forum on earth.

I cannot add anything to the advise others here have already posted about shipping.
So, I will just say that we are glad you joined and do take lots of photos in Africa.

Kind Regards,
Velo Dog.
 
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