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Contributors to this thread:
sleddogpa 19-Mar-18
Firehuntfish 20-Mar-18
sleddogpa 20-Mar-18
StickFlicker 20-Mar-18
Eric Vaillancourt 20-Mar-18
sleddogpa 21-Mar-18
Firehuntfish 21-Mar-18
AZ~Rich 21-Mar-18
snareman 21-Mar-18
JTreeman 21-Mar-18
sleddogpa 21-Mar-18
AZ~Rich 21-Mar-18
Buffalo1 21-Mar-18
JTreeman 21-Mar-18
snareman 21-Mar-18
From: sleddogpa
19-Mar-18
I’m sure this has been discussed before but I can’t seem to find any info. What have been shipping cost been running Polokwane to JFK? Just looking for some ball park figures. I know what my dip and pack fees are but it seems like shipping is the big mystery.

From: Firehuntfish
20-Mar-18
Sleddogpa, Shipping costs can only be determined after your trophies are crated, weighed, and ready to go. Along with the size & weight of the crate, current fuel costs, method of shipment, and the carrier chosen to will all be factors in the final shipping costs.

Once the above info is determined, it really shouldn't be a big mystery to get you a shipping quote.... Even before your crate is ready to ship, your dip & pack or taxidermy company in Africa that did the work should be able to give you a good faith estimate of the shipping cost based on recent shipments of similar size and weight.

Once your crate is packed and ready to go, they typically have at least one or two logistics companies that they work with who will arrange for the shipping of your trophy crate, and they will provide your dip & packer with the final quote for the shipping cost. With most of these services, this should all be inclusive on one invoice. I would also recommend that you ask for at least two shipping options and quotes before your crate leaves RSA.

No reason at all your dip & packer should not be able to give you an estimated shipping cost now, and a final quote as soon as your trophies are ready to be shipped.

From: sleddogpa
20-Mar-18
Thanks for the info. I will reach out to my dip and pack company and see if I can get som info.

From: StickFlicker
20-Mar-18
Some companies charge a flat fee for each animal they dip and pack, regardless of what you bring home from that animal. For example, just bringing skull/horns may or may not cost the same as skull/horns and cape/skin of that animal. I didn't bring home some capes one time, to try to minimize charges, but it would have been the same amount (albeit it could make a small difference on weight for shipping charges). If you are contacting the company, make sure you understand how their charges are structured.

20-Mar-18
They use volumetric shipping. In short, it depends on either the size of the crate or the weight of the crate. Usually, when shipping trophies you run out of size before exceeding the weight limit. My typical crates are 6-10 animals and cost are $1000 plus rarely any less.

In addition, you should plan on $500-600 for a customs broker like Coppersmith.

The cost have gone up significantly in the last few years as there are less companies that will ship hunting trophies.

That is a very loose guide. The short answer is it depends. It gets complicated. A good taxidermist will fit one trophy inside of another. Think springbok mounted between the horns of a kudu. It all comes down to space utilization.

From: sleddogpa
21-Mar-18
My crate will have capes and horns from my kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest, bush buck, 2 impala, 2 back skins and a zebra rug. I know with the company I used have a set size of the crate for a certain number of animals. Does anyone have an idea what a crate with those critters would weigh? Again just curious on my end. I’m getting totally excited for my trophies to get here!!

From: Firehuntfish
21-Mar-18
Again, nearly impossible to determine because you can never tell how efficiently the shipment will be packed. I have seen some shipments crated very efficiently utilizing every square inch of the crate it was shipped in... I have also seen containers used far too big for the contents inside.... as Mr. Vaillancourt correctly indicated, the cost is calculated by a volumetric formula using a combination of dimensions and weight. The dip & packer you are using should be able to give you a very close guess assuming they know what they are doing... What I have typically seen for a shipment containing what you are describing should not exceed 4'L x 4'W x 2'H and weigh 150 lbs or less....

21-Mar-18
You can cut costs by avoiding using a customs broker on the US side if you live within driving distance of a port of entry. Unless you are bringing in CITES animals you can clear the crate yourself. There is no reason to pay a middle man to do this for you. I've had 5 crates shipped directly from Joberg/Port Elizabeth to the Anchorage Intl Airport and cleared them myself or a had friend in Anchorage do it for me with zero problems.

From: AZ~Rich
21-Mar-18

AZ~Rich's embedded Photo
three crates: details
AZ~Rich's embedded Photo
three crates: details
We recently had trophies air freighted last October from JNB. Three hunters, one crate per hunter. If a warthog or primate is included they must go into a separate crate, which most of the time is small enough to fit inside the larger crate. More rigidity about combining more than one hunter's trophies into one crate than in the past. Now each hunter must have their trophies in their own crate. Our importation was done under one consignment, so one person in our group became responsible for the consignment which included three crates. The air cargo charge for all three from JNB to Chicago then onto Reed City, MI was $1672. Total weight of three crates was 416 lbs. All our trophies were not finished, just Dip/packed & dried. Here is what each crate contained: #1 (1) Zebra- full skin, (1) Sable- Cape, skull/horns & backskin, (1) Reedbuck- cape, skull/horns and backskin, (1) Gemsbok- Cape & Skull/horns, (1) impala Cape & Skull/horns. #2 (1) Gemsbok- Cape, Skull/horns & backskin (1) Sable- Cape, Skull/horns & backskin , (1) Duiker- Cape & skull/horns, (1) Steenbuck- Cape & Skull/horns, (1) small crate with (1) warthog- cape, skull/tusks & backskin #3 (1) Sable- Cape, Skull/horns & backskin, (2) Springbok- Capes & Skulls/horns, (1) small crate with (1) warthog Skull/tusks, (1) Duiker-Fullskin & Skull/horns, (1) Steenbuck- Fullskin &Skull/horns.

The attached is more detail of the three crates.

From: snareman
21-Mar-18
I can tell you it cost me about 6700.00 dollars to get my dipped and packed trophies from Windhoek Namibia to butte mt., 2300 to taxidermist.. 2400 to shipping agent and another 2000.00 from jfk to butte.. that was 11 trophies.. horns and capes for shoulder mounts and one lifesize ostrich cape. Its going to cost me another 10,000.00 for taxidermy!

From: JTreeman
21-Mar-18
I think this thread has just reminded me why I’ll be bringing photos of my trophies home this summer! I have paid all those fees enough on previous trips. I just want to hunt, and for what’s would spend getting the trophies home I can do another hunt!

—Jim

From: sleddogpa
21-Mar-18
Great info!! Thanks to everyone who’s posted. Being this was my first trip I wanted to take more critters but I knew the dip and ship would be almost as much as my hunt. I’m going to do some of my own taxidermy work on the smaller animals. I’m going to have my bigger critters done by a local taxidermist who has way more experience doing them. When I get my final dip and ship numbers I will post them. I’m sure people will have the same question as I do.

From: AZ~Rich
21-Mar-18
This was for 16 trophies total. Above I only included the cargo and transport costs to the tannery which came out to around $558/hunter. Our Dip/pack costs ran ~($790-$900 per hunter). The import brokerage and overland trucking costs came to around ($230 per hunter). As a taxidermist I have it all sent directly to the tannery and eventually after they work through them, everything is shipped to my shop for me to work on. So, yes things are not really inexpensive if you want to bring them back.

From: Buffalo1
21-Mar-18
Treeman,

Wildebeests are off limits for you!! You kill any and I'm reporting you to PETA !!

Best of luck on your hunt.

From: JTreeman
21-Mar-18
Sorry Greg, at least one! Impala may get piled up on this trip though ;)

—jim

From: snareman
21-Mar-18
I will add my trip was worth every penny, the memories and friends made w my daughter will last a life time, she is going to pharmacy school and says we will see Africa again...I think about it everyday and wish I was headed there this june!

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