Good explanation.....Thanks Robert!Hi Phil,
We get this question often so thank you for the opportunity to share some information....
Hunters spend so much money on a hunt and cut themselves short on the most IMPORTANT PART--Shipping!!!
Deciding between Ocean or Air
1) Airfreight is simple with less things to go wrong and can arrive into a port closer to home.
2) Ocean Freight is more risky:
a) Though crated, sea exposes the hides to salty air and will get tossed around by the waves.
b) The clearing the process is longer and has to go through other processes you pay for, that do not occur with airfreight: (X-ray, Vaccis, and stripping on top of normal clearing charges)
If you are thinking of clearing yourself, keep a few things in mind: a) when you pick up your trophies at the terminal, the transpotation insurance ceases....any damage to the trophies is your responsibility, b) inland transportation rates are less than what it would cost you to take a day off from work, round trip gas and c) you still have to pay the fees to the government agencies.
Last but not least, we have recently learned that the cost for ocean shipping is comparable to airfreight.....PM me for a quote.
***Fun Fact/Tip of the Day--the reason ocean freight was very popular many years ago, is because the planes then were smaller than today and ocean was the only way to go.
Hope this helps......
Please post some pics of your trophies once you get them in and give us a post as to how the shipping and clearing all went.Well My stuff is in the air as we speak also sent from Rex Freight and being cleared by Coppersmith in Dallas 2 large crates 2 full mounts, 1 flatskin 17 shoulder mounts , 3 skulls on shields. Freight was $7651. I contacted SSI but they were $1000 higher . Not saying they are better I just couldn't afford the extra$$.
I have read this forum tirelessly and all shipping info is older so to pass along my experience. I wanted ocean freight as I received a quote from ABF through a business account I was quoted $4500 which got my attention well after 2 weeks of emails and phone conversations.... oh we don't have credentials to clear them in the US... but I did get a quote and it was only $1800 less for ocean freight which was not enough to persuade me as we receive shipments from Japan on a regular basis and 2 out of 10 are moisture free which with finished trophies is a must and that is pretty sh**ty odds in my book and storage fees can eat you savings up very quickly.