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Shipping Large Instruments & Parts Abroad
By Angelo Rulli

[ Bill Nunn wrote in 120823 MMDigest:

> These parts are historically valuable but probably not worth
> the shipping expense.  Is there a container going that way
> I can share cost with, or does anyone have any suggestions?

Bill, I've had on and off success for shipping overseas with the
following options:

1. A cargo carrier that specializes in motorcycles.  They have
containers built for such transport.

2. International air passenger carriers. This will require TSA

3. Check with commercial, international non-passenger "barges."  Many
of them allow a limited number of passengers and private cargo.  If the
materials can be classified as a "keyboard" instrument you will save a
great deal of money.  Defining "keyframe" would be central.

You will be required to contract with a global shipping agent; cargo
carriers will rarely work with private citizens.  If you can pack the
items in shipping cartons, it's feasible a round-trip ticket to your
target location would work.  That way you get a mini vacation; take the
more valuable items on board, have the rest go in the cargo bin.

Lastly, bring your wife and toddler son for his first visit overseas.
I recently sold 100 meters of book music to England and the shipping
cost was more than the music.  Call if you want to chat.  The entire
process is murky.

Angelo Rulli

(Message sent Sat 25 Aug 2012, 14:59:54 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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