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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
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF),
Certificate of Origin and Health.
Department of Conservation, CITES Certificate
Department of Conservation, Authority to Export.
This additional Documentation is required for
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.
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
THE COST OF NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT
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
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
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
Ph: 03 358 5100 0800 484 383
Fax: 03 358 8220
We generally send consignments by air, as it
is speedier and only marginally more costly than
Sea freight consignments can be arranged upon
request, especially when there are numerous life-size
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
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
Heavy expediting crates are fitted to a pallet
for handling by forklift to minimize handling
Quotes for crating and packing are available
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
These are as follows:
|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
|All the documentation reflects the consignment
to be that of one hunter.
The designated owner is responsible
| Payment of the combined commercial
| Pre-arrange and payment for customs
| Is the sole holder of the shipping
No other party is recognized as owner of the
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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
| 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.