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Does anyone have any experience with importing a still? Buying a still from Scotland, Eastern Europe, China, Portugal, India, etc. and shipping it to the United States? What is involved in the process?

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indyspirits    31

The manufacturer will get it to your preferred port of entry. Just Google "freight forwarders" and the port city and you'll be able t figure it out from there. Honestly getting it to the port of entry is the cheap part -- there's a huge glut of massive container ships. Freight from either Asia or Europe is around $700 for a 40 foot container. Getting it from the PoE to the final destination is what will cost you.

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Thank you, the manufacturer said they will have no problem getting it to the port. I am assuming a freight forwarder just arranges the shipment from the port to the destination. I am more confused on what you have to do legally to import. Are their certain documents and fees related to the legal aspect, aside from the shipping costs.

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Forwarder handles all customs and associated paperwork.  Think of the FF as being a shipping consultant.  They just send you the bills and/or paperwork to sign, can take care of everything else.  Usually they have good relationships with local freight carriers and usually it's cheaper to just go with a forwarder than getting a retail quote yourself.

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Falling Rock    20

Yes, but the dif in sea or air may frighten you!

But sometimes air will get it closer to your city rather than a sea port.

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