Transporting by plane...
Posted 04 February 2009 - 07:28 PM
Unfortunately the liquids ban makes that impossible now.
Having successfully mailed or recieved through the mail several shipments of live fish, I would not hesitate to mail myself any fish collected on future trips. I'd ship them a day or two before I flew home. They'd probably arrive the same day I got home from the trip.
If you're purchasing expensive fish from a reputable dealer, I'd ask them to pack the fish with oxygen for you before you mail them.
Posted 25 March 2009 - 12:56 AM
However, if you are travelling within the same countryr, I woulc collect the fish, get a stack of flat rate priority boxes at the post office, then ship the fish home on the last day of your stay. That way, you can fly home, get some rest, then when the voxes show up at your door, you can start unloading your fish into your tanks.
For bringing back fish from other countries by plane, you will need an import license. When you bring it through customs, you will need to have the fish inspected and sent as checked luggage. They will visually inspect it and not x-ray it. The inspection fee is $80, but in May, it will be raised to $100 (USD). The license will cost you $50, but that will soon be raised to $100 also. So, if you're trying to bring fish back for profit, forget about it. Only bring fish back that are unavailible if you don't go get them yourself or fish that you really want like wild type species.
If you want to bring back fish without an import license, it's easier to contact a transhipper in the states and ship your fish from the collecting site to the transhipper who will then ship them to you. However, the transhipper will charge you a fee for the service, and there will be a hold (the transhipper will not ship the fish unless they are healthy) and if the fish die, the transhipper is not responsible for them (meaning no refund)
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