Importing & bringing corals back from US etc

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  1. Dane

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    Hey guys,

    I've got a friend coming back from the states in a bit, and I wanted to find out what the technicalities and legalities are of buy stuff in the states and then having him bring it back here.

    Mostly softies like zoas/shrooms/rics... They should survive the 2/3 day transport?
    But whats the story with customs, permits etc?

    Thanks in advance
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  3. Dane

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    Also - what about buying off sites like bay and shipping?
     
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    im sure u can buy online,shipping just going to cost u if they are willing to ship to SA
     
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    If you want them like in 2/3/ days you have to use US Express Delivery and what you spend with them you could probably buy some shares in some oil rigs!
     
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    :lol:
     
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    I don't know the exact details, but I do know there are permits required to take living things in and out of the country. The permits can take months to obtain. There are probably other licenses that are needed such as wholesale, retail, aquaculture, etc. There are also likely permits and license that would be needed on the receiving end. In my opinion...It can't be done in a reasonable amount of time or at a reasonable cost for just a few corals.
     
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    Legally your asking for problems.
     
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    I bought alot stuff through e-bay all around the world for a number of years now and believe you me tried this route with livestock - there are just too much risk involved for a few corals like Anemone said ... Only worth it if you bringing in a huge consignment so that you can absolve the losses - which you bound to have .... I have a few contact details from Hong Kong and America but after carefull consideration passed these on to Lanzo as stuff like this is best left to those in the game ...... Even the suppliers are not willing to guarantee the safe arrival of livestock unless the shipping and packaging costs more than an arm and a leg!
     
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    There are a lot of restrictions with shipping coral and fish in the US even within the states. It is often done, but not always legally.
     
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    without alot of cash and risk its just not possible. I have looked into it.
     
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    I know there is someone on the forum whose family sent him rics from the us. When my mom was there recently i asked her to look into it but there just was not enough time to organise this kind of thing
     
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    Cool thanks all :) I suppose shipping is too costly....

    Anyone had a friend bring stuff over? *Sigh.... I wish we had access to some of the stuff over there!
     
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    Put them in a wide mouth plastic bottle in your big suitcase and hope customs do not stop you...:whistling:
    If somebody can enter SA with a leg of lamb for Christmas lunch, and explain it...

    BTW, depending from where in the world you come from when landing, customs will not even bother you. Spain, you just walk through. Hong Kong, and you will be stopped.
     
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    And do not seek me out when they stop you...
     
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    Thanks Riaan.

    I'm sorry to hear its so tricky. Wouldnt want to endanger my friends chances of going back to the states to finish his physics phd :p He might be a little upset.

    The states have such a developed home-aquaculture coral frag trade... Its just really frustrating to see the stuff they have thats so cheap and just a few clicks away! :y1:
     
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    you shouldn't have a problem when coming back from Brazil should you ?????

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    Brazil = drugs. So anything funny, and the sniffer dogs are all over you.
     
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    Keep in mind that most of the livestock we have was imported from around the world before being aquacultured. So the US isn't the only option, but I seriously doubt you will get a wholesaler to even consider shipping to someone that isn't in the business. I can only suggest that you check with the sponsors, tell them what you want, and hope they can find it.

    Trying something illegal at a US airport will likely be an experience you and everyone you know will never forget. ;)
     
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    dorry pets can get any thing
    just ask lanzo
     
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    I reckon the worst case scenario is for you to contact customs this side, if you will ever get through to a competent English speaking person, or Afrikaans for that matter and find out what the in's and out are and ask your buddy to do the same on his end.

    That way you can know 100% for sure and keep us informed. There is zero risk in simply asking about it, however massive risk in just doing it and there are serious red tape clashes...
     
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