‘Simply put, PACK & SEND consistently goes the extra mile when it comes to handling my account. It would not be possible to do what I do without a true partner in shipping and collections and I have come to view PACK & SEND as exactly that.’
J.D. Powe is an American entrepreneur with a deep love of natural history and evolutionary biology. His collection of antique taxidermy specimens has grown to become one of the largest private collections in the world. Beyond just a personal interest, J.D. curates exhibitions at museums and educational institutions and lectures on topics related to species conservation.
Packing and shipping stuffed animals of all species is an art form and PACK & SEND has become a trusted partner for J.D., helping to build his collection of rare specimens by shipping hundreds of pieces to him gathered from auction houses and top private collections all over the UK.
Packing is one challenge as these are full-size specimens, typically antique, often very fragile. The majority are mounted in equally fragile Victorian glass cases or under domes.
The other challenge is the paperwork required to get them out of the U.K. and through US customs and the Fish & Wildlife Service requires incredible attention to detail. Species identification is critical as many are now endangered species and, although they pre-date the Convention, they nonetheless require CITES export permits to be transported legally.
The PACK & SEND Richmond Park team photographs and catalogues the specimens, verifies the species in consultation with J.D and other experts based in the UK, and handles all the CITES applications, UK customs validation, and ultimately the shipping.
What made you choose PACK & SEND?
PACK & SEND offer competitive rates for collection and shipping, but more importantly, deep experience in navigating both logistical challenges and permit requirements for shipping endangered specimens across international borders.
Were you pleased with the work they did?
Simply put, PACK & SEND consistently goes the extra mile when it comes to handling my account. It would not be possible to do what I do without a true partner in shipping and collections and I have come to view PACK & SEND as exactly that.
How would you describe their work and culture?
Richard and the team at PACK & SEND leave nothing to chance and don’t shy away from large, complex jobs that require extensive research. For me, that’s where the value is created. I can sleep at night knowing that they will do everything within their power to ensure that my shipments get to the right place in great condition with the right documentation.