Originally Posted by Rohland
I read somewhere that the transhippers are located in Ontario and it would only be like $10-15 for them to send it to you. Don't know if its priority or not.
here is how i think trans-shipping works. someone correct me if im wrong.
many of the thai breeders on aquabid are friends/acquaintances. one person there gathers all of the fish sold and ships them to the trans-shipper's home in bulk to cut down cost. from there, the trans-shipper bares all of the shipping cost. again, correct me if im wrong.
you now have to obtain the fish from the trans-shipper directly. unfortunately there are only two main trans-shippers in canada and theyre both in ontario. it costs ~$15 to ship up to three fish from the trans-shipper's home to anywhere in ontario. i would imagine it would be about $20 to BC.
but theres a catch! for every fish imported, you have to pay a customs fee
+ an import fee. the import fee is the shipping cost from thailand to trans-shipper's home. the customs fee isn't a real cost to the trans-shipper. it's the profit they make. the trans-shippers are licenced to import live animals. once the package arrives to canada, they claim the packages from the post office and clear any legal work. in the end, it will cost ~$12 for the (import + customs) per fish. at the end of the day, the trans-shipper profits a few dollar per fish.