From Africa with Love – Part III

On day 30 I posted the cost of getting my African trophies here in From Africa with Love Part II. A blog reader by the name of Thomas Powers of Powers International and Powers Expediters read the post and provided the following information based on the shipment I recently received. Looks like I could have saved enough money to cover a trophy fee on another animal! He might be worth talking to if you are planning a hunt abroad soon.


What we would have done once consignment reached Dulles International airport is clear Customs, USFWS & USDA, then have Fed Ex pickup at the airline Air Freight office and deliver to your home address for about $175.00 (paperwork $70.00 & freight $105.00 based on volumetric weight of 83 lbs.) Somewhat less then the $752.00 it cost you.

This is possible because there are no “raw” trophies (capes/skins etc.) which as you know requires a far different (& more expensive) clearance process. I did not figure the airfreight from JNB (I believe the total for JNB/Dulles would have been somewhat less.)

I believe far more sportsmen will ship skulls/horns as you did and we can do the same as long as each box is less then 165″ (length + circumference) & 150 lbs. Remember airlines and Fed Ex charge by weight not number of pieces.

Regards: Tom


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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