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In camp all your trophies will be measured, documented and clearly tagged, skins washed, dry salted and disinfected, skulls are cleaned using the maceration method which involves soaking the skull in water in order to allow natural bacteria break down the bond between the tissues.  Once your bow hunt trophies are properly dried we deliver to the Namibia Taxidermy of your choice, this service is free of charge.

All trophies are delivered to a Namibia Taxidermy, who will disinfect and pack your trophies for shipping or prepare, tan and mount your trophies to your specifications.

Trophies for dip & ship are cleaned and bleached by a taxidermist as no meat or fat may occur on any skulls and no juices from horns may occur. Trophies must remain in Namibia for a minimum of 90 days before shipping. No raw trophy skins and/or skulls can be exported without being dried and treated in Namibia.

The Namibian Taxidermist will require a deposit for Full body or shoulder animal mounts and European skull mount trophies before commencing with the taxidermy work, the full amount is due before they deliver the completed and packed crate to the shipper in Windhoek.

All crates for shipping your trophies from Namibia must be constructed from processed wood - no natural wood may be exported.

African souvenirs and curios made from wood are allowed to be exported with your trophies in the same box crate.
Trophies from bow hunters that are unrelated, in other words with different surnames, can not be packed together in one crate for the USA. To date this is not a regulation for any European countries.

A mix of mounted trophies and trophies that are only prepared for dipping & shipping are allowed to be crated together.
All warthog-related products must be packed in a separate box, inside the main box of trophies. No skeletons of animals can be exported - only skulls, horns and skins.

Please ensure your US Taxidermist is a duly USDA approved facility or that they have a US Clearing Agent who can clear and import un-worked (dipped) Baboon & Warthog trophy parts which are subject to special US import requirements with regard to treatment and packaging.

Any processed and/or unprocessed bird products (feathers and/or ostrich eggs) are subject to special and approved treatments.

Usually fully mounted and/or tanned trophy parts, unless specially protected game species can be imported into most countries without any complications.

Most destination countries insist on proof of “bona fide hunting trophies". If CITES Species are included in your trophy shipment, ensure that all trophy parts subject to Cites permits are hunted on a valid Namibian Trophy Hunting Permit.

Trophies that may not be exported from Namibia:
-All kinds of snakes or reptiles, non-huntable game birds and game animals not permitted on a Ministry of Environment (MET) trophy-hunting permit.
-Leopard, Lion and Cheetah caught in snares, cages and hunted with dog packs or which does not have the appropriate tags and photographs signed by the bowhunter.

VIERANAS SAFARIS can unfortunately not accept any responsibility for damage or loss after your field prepared trophies were signed over to the Taxidermy or Shipping freight agent.  We will be glad to assist our bowhunters in the event of a complaint.

Please remember, that many shipping and import requirements are subject to regular changes and new conditions..


Namibia Shipping Agent - Namibia Safari Services, Windhoek.
Namibia Taxidermist - Retoma Taxidermy, Outjo.
U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Guidelines and Regulations for Hunters Importing Personal Sport-hunted Trophies from Africa: 

  • Australia and New Zealand:
    -The import of all products of animal origin is subject to stringent import requirements. Raw un-worked trophies require special treatment and treatment certificates.
    -It is absolutely advisable that a registered taxidermist is engaged for proper import guidance and support.
    -Trophies for multiple hunters can be packed and shipped together.
  • European Union States:
    -New EU import requirements stipulate, that all un-worked (dipped) trophy parts must originate via a EU "Traces" System registered company i.e. Namibian Taxidermist or official treatment station.
    -It is advisable, that un-worked trophies are addressed to a registered taxidermist.
    -Trophies for multiple hunters can be packed and shipped together.

Registered European Union ports of entry (restrictions apply with regards to registered veterinary ports of entries):
Frankfurt & Munich (served directly from Windhoek, Namibia)
London, Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen, Torino, Zurich, Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw and Lisbon.

  • United States of America:
    -Most hunting trophies imported from Africa must come through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated port. Under limited circumstances, you may be authorized under permit to use a port that does not normally handle wildlife trade.
    -You must show that using one of the esignated ports would result in substantial deterioration or loss of the wildlife, or would cause undue economic hardship. If you are importing your trophy through a non-designated port, you must have a copy of your valid port exception permit.

US Fish & Wildlife designated ports of entry for hunting trophies into the United States of America:
Anchorage, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.
Denver CO, are subject to a US FWS port exception permit.

For additional information, contact:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of Law Enforcement
Phone: 703-358-1949

Fax: 703-358-2271

You can find animal import information for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at:, including specific guidelines for importing ruminant, swine and bird trophies. Hunters should be aware that some shipments may need to be consigned and shipped to a USDA approved establishment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have restrictions on the import of animals that might be vectors, hosts or agents of disease. You can find information on these restrictions, in particular, on African rodents, non-human primates, and civets at:


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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 23:34

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