Please refer to our on-line newsletter for updates on exporting requirements to your destination.

 

Hunting is a highly regulated activity. In addition to the laws in the various countries, other laws contain specific permits and other requirements for the importation of hunting trophies.

Let our decades of experience and knowledge in the exporting of game trophies work for you.

 

 

Each consignment (no matter how many items or crates) requires the following New Zealand Government export permits. We can apply for these on your behalf.

 

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Certificate of Origin and Health.

 

Department of Conservation, CITES Certificate of Export.

 

Department of Conservation, Authority to Export. This additional Documentation is required for game birds.

 

European Union Veterinary Certificate (country specific) (MAF Certified).

In addition to the above documents all game trophies dispatched to or via the European Economic Community, Australia, and Russia must be accompanied by a declaration stating the nature and standard of their preparation. (Refer EEC Regulation 3626/82)

 

All original documents accompany the shipment.

 

Administration Fees.

Each consignment when entered for export will attract costs. We incur certain charges for processing your export. These charges include the freight forwarding charges, cutting the waybill, certificate of value and origin, the EDI fee. We charge a small fee to recover the administrative and other compliance costs.

 

THE COST OF NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTATION IS

THE SAME IRRESPECTIVE OF HOW THE GOODS ARE SHIPPED

 



 

All shipments of game trophies entering the United States of America must pass inspection by U.S. Fish & Wildlife. This must take place at an approved U.S. Fish & Wildlife Office location. Similar rules apply to other destinations.

Therefore it is not possible to ship game trophies door-to-door.

The freight quoted on your invoice is to your nearest U.S. Fish & Wildlife or equivalent location. This does not include customs clearance fees and local charges, which are payable by you.

The above documentation allows for smooth transit to your final destination.

However, it is recommended that you employ the services of a customs broker to facilitate clearance.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife requires invoices, packing slips and proof of legal hunting.

U.S. Customs Service, requires invoices or packing lists which identify the description of merchandise or articles (your trophies) entering the United States.

 

 


 

The Animal Products Act 1999 potentially applies to all animal material and products that are traded and used in New Zealand or exported from New Zealand. The Act has applications for providing official assurances of animal product health status. This is only currently required for access to the European Economic Community and Russia, and more recently Australia. There is a worldwide trend towards regulations governing market access of game trophies. In order to provide the official assurance required, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has registered exporters to these markets. THE TAXIDERMIST Ltd. is a MAF registered exporter. All our procedures and records are subject to MAF audit. It is therefore imperative that all items sent to our facility comply with a protocol of identification that will withstand audit. Your co-operation in correctly identifying and the labelling of items is appreciated.

Only individuals or firms registered as exporters under the Animal Products Act 1999 can obtain the export documentation required to send trophies to the European Union.

 

 


 

We use and recommend the services of Christchurch based company TEAM LOGISTICS LTD. They have tailored their service to meet our needs and we have an established working relationship with them. We find their rates competitive and their service excellent.

 

They can be contacted at:

TEAM LOGISTICS LTD

P.O. Box 14051

Christchurch

Ph: 03 358 5100 0800 484 383

Fax: 03 358 8220

EMAIL: Teamlogistics@xtra.co.nz

 

We generally send consignments by air, as it is speedier and only marginally more costly than sea freight.

Sea freight consignments can be arranged upon request, especially when there are numerous life-size mounts.

 

Call us for an estimate of shipping cost.

 

For one or two shoulder mounts airfreight is usually cheaper than sea-freight. If the shipment is particularly large e.g. full body mounts sea-freight is often the best option. Sailings to the USA are every seven days and transit time is 20 - 30 days depending on destination.

 

We have negotiated very competitive rates to all our markets. Because we have a long established relationship with our freight forwarder we strongly recommend that irrespective of how you wish to have your trophies sent (sea or air, freight prepaid or freight collect) that you should leave all shipping arrangements to the freight forwarder.

 

Charges quoted are to the nearest U.S. Fish and Wildlife location. Local transportation is more efficiently and economically arranged by you in liaison with your customs broker.

 

Parcel Post or International Courier can send some small parcels.

 

We are happy to quote for both sea and airfreight.

 

Most U.S. Taxidermists recommend that all shipments originating outside continental U.S. should be sent freight collect. Check for the individual taxidermist involved. Most taxidermists will not pay the freight cost on behalf of the hunter. The hunter will need to be contacted quickly upon arrival of the shipment to avoid bond storage fees.

 

 


 

UNMOUNTED TROPHIES: Airfreight ONLY, freight forward.

MOUNTED TROPHIES: Air or sea freight, freight forward pre-paid.

 


 

From January 2004, wood packing entering the European Union, the United States of America and Mexico, must meet the standards stipulated in the new International requirements as laid out in ISPM 15 “guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade.” International trade laws prohibit the use of second-hand timber for crating.

 

To accommodate this all our crates are manufactured from Medium Density Fibreboard at an approved facility. Large crates are is designed to be lifted by forklift. All mounts are screwed through lumber to the floor or walls of the crate. Unpacking instructions are included on the outside of the crate.

 

Heavy expediting crates are fitted to a pallet for handling by forklift to minimize handling risk.

Quotes for crating and packing are available on request.

 

Additional savings may be made by crating and shipping two hunter's trophies as one consignment to one address (please refer to special conditions).




 

Due to recent policy changes at some U.S. Fish and Wildlife offices it is now necessary to meet a number of conditions to ship a consolidated consignment of two or more hunters trophies.

 

These are as follows:

 

1.

One hunter/the addressee must be the designated 'owner' of all the trophies. That same person needs to be given power of attorney to perform the necessary steps for importation.

2.

All the documentation reflects the consignment to be that of one hunter.

3.

The designated owner is responsible for:

a.

 Payment of the combined commercial invoice.

b.

 Pre-arrange and payment for customs clearance.

c.

 Is the sole holder of the shipping insurance policy.

 

No other party is recognized as owner of the goods.

If all parties are in agreement then they should nominate one individual to be the recognized owner.

Economies of documentation, crating and freight are achievable. Please request a quote to compare the cost.

 

 


 

In New Zealand the insurance purchased to cover trophies in transit is referred to as CARGO OPEN or MARINE INSURANCE POLICY whether SEA or AIRFREIGHT is used.

 

In the unlikely event of a claim being made against our insurers the maximum that may be claimed is equal to "the reasonable replacement value of the skin, horns/antlers and taxidermy fees."

 

In accordance with the long established principle of "Indemnity", insurance will not cover you for a claim for airfares, guide and trophy fees, accommodations and meals etc. The insurance company will not consider a claim against these hunting costs.

 

You can purchase competitive insurance through your freight forwarder. Specify the amount of insurance cover you require in New Zealand.

 

Insurance (refer origin charges) can be charged collect or pre-paid. If you charge the freight collect the insurance should also be charged “collect”.

 

In the unlikely event of a claim under your insurance policy please contact your customs broker for details of your local CLAIM AGENT. Do not sign for the goods as being “received in good order”, until you have inspected them.

 

 

 


 

CLEARANCE OF U.S. CUSTOMS, U.S. AGRICULTURE AND U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE

 

All shipments of game trophies entering the United States of America must pass inspection by U.S. Fish & Wildlife. This must take place at an approved U.S. Fish & Wildlife Office location. The freight quoted on your invoice is to your nearest U.S. Fish & Wildlife Office location. This does not include customs clearance fees and local charges, which are payable by you.

It is recommended that you employ the services of a customs broker to facilitate clearance with U.S. Customs and U.S. Fish & Wildlife.

 

1.

Consignee Information. Provide us with the trophies owner’s (the hunter) full address and contact details. We must have phone/fax or e-mail. Alternately, provide us with a completed copy of the Shipper’s Letter of Instruction.

2.

Assign a Customs Broker. Select the location of a U.S. airport with a Fish and Wildlife office nearest to you and assign a customs agent (Broker) at this location.

Advise our New Zealand Studio of your choice of Airport and Customs agent. Fax: 0064 3 338 4061. Phone: 0064 3 338 4266. E-mail: tjacobs@clear.net.nz

3.

Make “Previous Arrangement” with your customs broker/agent to clear the goods and arrange payment of fees. (This is also recommended by SCI).

All fees need to be paid by the hunter prior to on-forwarding from the customs location. Failure to pay fees may result in additional costs.

4.

Fill out an Import Declaration for Wildlife (Form 3-177) at the time of importation.

(N.B. This is not the same as the normal customs declaration). You or your Customs Agent can obtain the information required for this form (e.g. correct scientific species name) from the MAF and CITES documentation, which will accompany the shipment.

 

It is the owner of the goods (the Hunter’s) ultimate responsibility to ensure that the 3-177 is correctly filled out. However, a customs broker/agent can do this on your behalf.

If you have any questions about permits or permit application forms, you should call the Office of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at (703) 358 2104. They can supply you with copies of the Wildlife Import Declaration Forms (Form 3-177).

5.

 In the unlikely event of a claim under your insurance policy please contact your customs broker for details of your local CLAIM AGENT. Do not sign for the goods as being “received in good order”, until you have inspected them.

 

 

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