Blog/International Races/Quarantine Updates
Monday, July 01 2019
There's been a lot of talk lately about how the new shipping rates will hurt the sport. As always, we must be creative and think outside of the box of traditional lines of thinking, if we don't want the prices to have a huge impact on our sport. These are the alternative solutions that I have managed to come up with. I've now made (2) different box modifications and shared it with others, and on social media. I've used these existing brand new boxes over the last +15 years of shipping birds across state lines. Without jeopardizing the safety and well being of the birds, this is what I have come up with.
This largest box would have cost over $305 to ship birds with the new shipping rates that took effect on June 23, 2019, however, what I managed to do was eliminate the excess space so this new box only costs $158 to ship. I can safely ship up to 12 young birds, and they have perfectly well-ventilated circulation not only on the top of the box but also on the sides. If you want to ship several birds, this is an option. The other option is to ship through the Airlines.
Now, you should know that there is a possibility that your local US Post Office could tell you that altering the original box in any way will prevent you from shipping birds. All boxes, in fact, must be approved by the Post Office for shipping live birds. I personally have not had any issues with my post office telling me I cannot ship birds using an altered box. As a matter of fact, when I showed them my modification, they were quite impressed with the quality and even said, "We knew you would figure it out and get the size down, Mr. Hash". If you do happen to come across this problem where they say they won't accept your shipment, then you can simply just say "Thanks for your time" and go send the birds in the airline approved crates I've mentioned previously, instead. It's really not a big deal.
I am still convinced that the best solution is shipping with the Airlines, IF you can get a group of 20 birds together with friends, and ship them in the crate as seen below. The savings is found in shipping with these crates I use.
For example- If you can get a group of 20 birds together from other locals in your area, this crate shipped to our Export Quarantine Facility here in Utah would equate to a total cost of $235. That's just $11.75 per bird, as opposed to the new rates, just shipping a few birds equates to nearly $33.00 per bird.
The airlines can get the birds delivered in 1 day, often times the same day you ship them. If you go the USPS route, you are looking at a minimum of 2-3 days of the birds being in the box, before they are delivered to their final destination. Let me also add that the Postal System has up to 4 days to deliver your birds, and the days of getting refunds are basically over. The longer the birds are in boxes the more stress on the birds, which is ultimately what WE DO NOT WANT.
The choice is yours to do with this info what you will. I can tell you from my own experience that it makes the best sense to ship with the Airlines, preferably Delta or AA, if you are near an airport to do so.
I hope this info helps.
We are currently working on some new box designs that may go to market, if they prove to solve the problems we now face.
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