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[Killietalk] UPS vs. air cargo, etc.
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 13:14:11 -0500
From: "Karen Perdue" <windamyr at peoplepc_com>
Subject: Re: [Killietalk] Airlines and Fish, yet again
To: "killifish discussion list" <killietalk at aka_org>
I bring fish in from Florida every week. We use Delta (regular air freight)
and Bax Transport service. Granted I'm bringing in 100lbs or so, but my BAX
charge runs me about 42cents a lb, and that's delivered to the shop. Delta
cost me around 78 cents a pound, on a less than 100 lb order.
That probably makes you a 'known shipper.' Known shippers are allowed to
ship. It sounds like you're running a business, which the airlines are
perfectly happy to work with. After all, since they instituted this new
'known shipper' rule, it only allows terrorist business owners to put
exploding boxes of tropical fish on planes, rather than simply terrorist
I won't even mention how the bombers of the WTC in 1993 had gotten all their
materials using a business front. And considering one of them went back for
his deposit on the truck they used, which led to their eventual arrests,
they weren't even particularly bright terrorists.
But, that's a digression best discussed elsewhere.
And as an aside, UPS delivers fish from the Florida farms to the door as
well, might be worth checking with them on their policy
Again, if you're a business they treat you better than if you're not
or use Airborne,
They were my last line of defense, they were very expensive (over $100) but
claimed to be able to get the fish on a nonstop.
pricey but might be worth it, I brought some show guppies in from
California, and had no problem at all with the Airborne service! My box
weighed about what yours did, and if I recall, I paid about 25.00 for
overnight freight, delivered to my door before noon Eastern time
Door to door is attractive. Anyway, I'm not doing this again till the
weather warms up, and I will have lots of options then, too, like the USPS
My message to my fellow killer fish fans is, if you plan to use air cargo,
ask about the 'known shipper' stuff and if you can, call the desk at air
cargo so you know they're up to date on their company rules.
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