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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. Sorry if this has been asked before, but I have some questions about Aquabid. I understand the whole bidding and buying part, but how do transhippers come into play? Seller ships to transhipper, transhipper ships to you? Do you have to pay the transhipper also? Luckily, most of the people that I've found fish for, use a transhipper located in my town here, so if I have to meet with them, it won't be hard lol.

Can anyone help me understand this a little better? Thanks!
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Because fish sent from overseas have to be inspected by USFWS and are sent in large groups a transshipper is needed to do the paperwork and take the large shipment of fish from the air port and ship them out to the purchaser.

There are some fees involved with the transshipping and each transshipper has their own fees. Even if you do local pic up your still looking at about $5 in fees for processing etc.

Most transshippers have a webpage listing their prices. You can look them up. If they don't have a webpage, all of them have emails and can answer questions about how much they charge etc.

If you have a transhipper that lives near you then you are very lucky. Most transhippers will allow people that are local to come pick up their fish rather than paying $35 to have them shipped you your house.

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Ok. How about getting in contact with the transhipper? Will they usually get ahold of you, or will you have to get ahold of them? This is of course after winning/purchasing the fish.
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Wow, buying a fish online is pain X_X

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I am one of the lucky ones that lives near my transhipper, so I do local pick ups and pay $4 per fish to cover the transhipper fees.

I email her on the day my fish are shipped from Thailand and let her know the number of fish I am expecting and name of the sellers. Once they have arrived in the U.S., she sends me an email and we arrange for a pick up.

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I wish a transshipper lived near me. The shipping prices are steep.

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Hey.... I wonder if it would be cheaper for someone to bid on a fish, have it transhipped to someone who could do local pickup (like me) and just have me ship it to them. I wouldn't charge any profit... I wonder if my local transhipper would cut me a deal on a bulk order lol.

What do you guys think? How much do you think it would cost to ship a fish from me (clovis ca) to you? (You being whoever might be interested in trying to save a few bucks on shipping).
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Lol I forgot to mention, I have a buddy who works for fed ex, and said if I ever needed to ship anything he could send it for half off (I think. Lemme talk to him and figure it out)
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