I did some homework on pricing a leopard full mount. The places I checked with in Namibia had very attractive pricing. Then I found out the shipping costs - wow! I am now very happy to be (hopefully) using my taxidermist close to home. All in all the end result was surprisingly close, but I would rather pay for domestic work rather than international shipping any day.
Can't believe this thread is still active. God willing I'll be back in Africa next year for buffalo and plains game. Dennis I will contact you next year for a quote , I'd be interested to see you numbers. Although I'm thinking of adding giraffe to my list. That in itself will surely put me over the top as compared to what Relive quoted me.
@huntinlabs coppersmith and SSI are both customs clearing brokers. They are an arguably necessary charge for you to receive your taxidermy once it arrives at customs in the USA. Both are well regarded in the industry.
Coppersmith is about $500 a shipment and do a great job.
SSI is around $1000-$1200 and they would say they do much more. They coordinate permit process and freight in Africa. Assist with getting prices. More consultative. More involved in the overseas elements of the process.
I personally do not get value out of the additional offerings available for additional costs so I use Coppersmith with great satisfaction.
These services are just some of the many unforeseen expenses of taxidermy and the hunting process. Be advised that it costs a LOT to get your trophies home and frankly getting less mounted saves little. The variable costs of taxidermy are relatively low and the fixed costs for the overall shipment are high. Suggest considering going all-in price be damned or going with no taxidermy at all. The middle ground results often with much paid out for little reward. (permit processing, crating, logistics, more permitting, customs, ...all examples of relatively fixed costs that don't go down much if you get less taxidermy)
SSI does a great job IMO. I used them on my Namibian hunt they are real people and are easy to talk to and are very efficient. They certainly have a place again in my opinion when it comes to staying abreast on legal matters affecting hunters and importing trophies from more remote areas around the world. Are they more expensive yes, but there expertise can be invaluable if things go wrong. And if things go wrong I guarantee you won't mind spending the extra money. That being said I am currently using Coppersmith to import 2 trophies I took on a mini safari in South Africa I felt it was not necessary to spend the extra money on this trip. Next year God willing I'll be back in Namibia to settle the score on leopard. SSI will undoubtedly be my importer.
All your feedback is invaluable and thank you for sharing.
Below are the facts that will bring the situation of comparison into laser focus.
By managing the entire export and import process, we are in control and able to save you anywhere from $100-$300 alone with consolidated shipping so what are really getting for your money?
Today I will be attending a board meeting for the US Delegation of CIC, fighting for conservation and hunting rights globally. SO, WHO DO YOU SUPPORT?
I don't know where you're located, but I'd be happy to let you try out my Krieghoff. I'm located in West Tennessee and the local gun club has a skeet layout and is located not far from my farm. We're about five miles from the Kentucky state line and about 100 miles west of Nashville.
I just joined today, I live in Louisiana. I joined mostly because of all of the 35 Whelen discussion as I am now very interested In the 35 Whelen. I have an 1885 Highwall that J.E.S.S. rebored to 35 Whelen