Plan your Importing Journey in 6 Easy Steps
Easy as 1 – 2 – 3. We’ve heard that before, haven’t we? When it comes to importing, there are no simple solutions. It takes a whole lot of pre-planning. The steps of importing is covered in the article, The 5 Steps to the Importing Process.
As soon as you booked a hunt, let us know. We will assemble a Trophy Import Packet (TIP) filled with all the useful information you will need for planning for importing. There will also be Trophy Identification Tags, essential in getting your trophies where you need them.
Follow these steps to keep the importing process as seamless as possible!
- Client Instruction Sheet
- The first thing you need to do is fill out the Client Instruction Sheet and mail or fax it to your chosen custom broker.
- This sheet identifies you to them and presets the steps you would like them to take once your shipment has reached the United States’ shores.
- As a default, we use Fauna & Flora Customhouse operating out of Jamaica, New York. We highly recommend them, but you may use any broker you would like.
- Trophy Routing Instructions Sheet
- Fill out the Trophy Routing Instructions Sheet to give to your Professional Hunter (PH) once you arrive at your destination.
- This sheet contains all the information your PH needs to get your trophies to the broker.
- Trophy Identification Tags
- In the TIP package, you will find a manila envelope full of Trophy Identification Tags.
- Bring them with you to your hunt and attach the laminated tags to your skins, skulls, and antlers or horns via enclosed zip-ties.
- Your PH will be able to assist you in properly tagging your trophies.
- Contact Kanati Studios
- Once you have returned home, contact us to let us know your trophies are on the way. We will keep a watchful eye out for them.
- Transportation to the Studio
- After your broker has cleared the trophies through customs, you will be invoiced for the importing charges. These charges are completely separate from any charges you may receive from us.
- Once payment clears, the broker will notify us and we will arrange for pick up and transportation to our Studio.
- Receiving and Inspection
- Once we have them in the Studio, we will open your crate, inspect the trophies, and inventory all items found in the crate.
- We will send you the Receiving Acknowledgement for your reviewing.
- From there, we will arrange a consultation to discuss the different options available for your mounts.
- Once the order is confirmed, you will receive an invoice for the deposit and the taxidermy process will start.
Often, upon the recommendation of outfitters, you will be presented with the option of getting your trophies mounted in the respected countries. At first, it may make perfect sense. Certainly, because of their extensive familiarity, native-based taxidermists should be the best in creating realistic mounts and habitat. However, the negative outcomes usually outweigh any benefits. More often than not, fully mounted trophies are damaged from the long transit to the US. Compounding the problem is the distance between the taxidermy company and the damaged trophy making repairs next to impossible. Reality is this no matter the savings of getting the trophies mounted in country the cost of shipping a fully mounted animal offsets any potential savings. It is in your best interest to have your skins, skulls, and antlers or horns shipped to the US and to get it mounted by a US-based taxidermist.
Of course, no matter how much planning you have done or knowledge you have acquired, situations do arise, but you are not alone. Along the way, the different companies should be able to answer questions, help resolve difficulties, and support you. Here at Kanati Studios we will do everything in our power to help you. Rest assure, the whole process can be smooth and seamless. So get out there and import confidently.