Once your shipment reaches its designated port, it needs to be cleared through Customs and US Fish & Wildlife. We recommend the expertise of a broker to assist with this process. Brokers are experienced with all the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of Customs and basically remove any stress that can sometimes be involved. These agents will clear the shipment on your behalf, and will take care of the whole clearing process for you and then organize the forwarding of your shipment to your Taxidermist / Tannery.
The other option is for you to clear the shipment yourself but bear in mind this does require you to physically be at the airport to clear the shipment.
Often your Taxidermist / Tannery will have brokers that they can recommend. If not, please refer to the Broker Contacts. They will be able to talk you through the process and advise of the costs involved. In making your broker decision, you should bear in mind that broker fees can vary between companies.
It is important to note that the New Zealand Expediters fee covers all of the expediting process, freight from our depot in Kinloch to Auckland International Airport and then the shipping to the Designated Port. Once it reaches the Overseas Port all Brokerage/Custom clearance fees, handling and freight forwarding of your shipment is payable at your end.
All shipments being exported that contain un-finished wildlife must be sent through a Designated US Fish & Wildlife Port.
Your shipment must be consigned to a Registered USDA Approved Facility such as a Taxidermist or Tannery; trophies cannot be sent to your home address. Therefore, it is very important that we have the details of your preferred Taxidermist / Tannery. The shipment will be sent to the Port that is closest to the facility you are using.
Designated US Ports for Wildlife:
Dallas Fort Worth
When we have completed your shipment and the final bill has been paid, your shipment will be sent from my depot in Taupo up to Auckland International Airport. Once it is there it will be weighed and booked on a flight to your nominated Port.
Our shipping company GVI Logistics Ltd will contact all parties involved, such as your broker, taxidermist / tannery and yourself via email with flight details when it is ready to leave.