African Wildlife Artistry will gladly apply for all export documentation on your behalf. In order to apply for Export Permits all relevant hunting documentation and permits need to be received from the Hunting Outfitter.
Please note CITES Export Permits are only valid for 6 months and have to be valid when the trophies arrive at the final destination. Non-CITES Export Permits are normally valid for between 6 and 12 months, depending on the province you hunted in.
All CITES I animals will need to have a CITES Import permit in place before we can apply for a CITES Export Permit. This also applies to Bontebok as well as certain Elephant curios if shipped to the United States. A copy of the CITES Import Permit should be e-mailed or faxed to African Wildlife Artistry as soon as it is available. Although you may apply for your own CITES Import Permits, it is advisable to contact your customs clearing agent to assist you in this regard.
Please note CITES Import Permits are only valid for 12 months and have to be valid when the trophies arrive at the final destination.
Customs and Inspections
Customs Clearing Agents / Customs Brokers:
African Wildlife Artistry has a longstanding relationship with dedicated customs clearing agents world-wide, specialising in the clearing of hunting trophies, to assist you with clearing your hunting trophies in your home country.
If you prefer to send your hunting trophies to your own clearing agent with whom you have a working relationship, please feel free to advise us accordingly. If not specifically included in your shipping quote, clearing fees and delivery charges are payable directly to the clearing agent.
Veterinary inspections are done on site by our local State Veterinarian affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture and arranged by African Wildlife Artistry on your behalf. After inspection a Health Certificate is issued by the Ministry. This certificate forms part of the Export Documentation.
Packaging and Shipping
Packing Your Trophies:
Your hunting trophies will be expertly packed in a wooden crate, custom made for your consignment, by our on-site packing team. The trophies will be attached to the walls of the crate by means of a number of drywall screws. Unfortunately size does matter and you will be charged according to the volume of your crate. In order to save on the volume of your crate, most of the larger species' horns will be made detachable which can save up to 40% on shipping costs. The inside of your horns are moulded to the outside of the horn inner cores on the skull, which facilitates easy re-attachment and no adhesives will be necessary.
All our crating material prescribes to the ISPM No.15 rule where all wood packing material either needs to be heat treated (HT) or treated with Methyl Bromide (MB). We exclusively use the HT method as MB, which is only administered after the crate has been packed, can leave a residue on the trophies that can be carcinogenic.
African Wildlife Artistry will gladly arrange all your shipping requirements.
Fundamentally the system works as follows: the shipping company collects the trophies from African Wildlife Artistry. The trophies will be taken through customs in South Africa, where they will be booked on an air or sea liner to the client's closest Port of Entry. The clearing agent will now take over at the Port of Entry and receive the trophies on your behalf and take them though the relevant authorities (normally the following government departments get involved: customs, conservation, and agriculture). The clearing agent will arrange, if required, for the delivery of the trophies to your final destination.
Hunting trophies were traditionally shipped by air, which is much speedier than if shipped by ocean. In the current economic climate however, sea freight consignments are becoming more popular as savings of up to 25% are achievable to selected ports.
Please feel free to contact us to if you have any questions about the shipping of your trophies.