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Most coun­tries doc­u­ment their clear­ance process on­line in some form, and noon­ has good in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing re­cent cruiser feed­back. The site wasn’t as use­ful for Spit­fire, as their data fo­cused on im­port­ing pets rather than keep­ing them on board. For clar­i­fi­ca­tion, we con­tacted the of­fi­cials di­rectly in ev­ery coun­try we vis­ited. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion of­ten was on gov­ern­ment depart­ment web­sites, but some­times we had to work through other sources such as tourism of­fices for the right con­tact.

We bought ap­pro­pri­ate-size 2x3-foot cour­tesy flags for each coun­try we planned to visit from J&S Sur­plus ( www.sur­plus­ The flags are not very durable and didn’t last more than a cou­ple of months, but at un­der $15 each, were cost-ef­fec­tive for coun­tries for which we’d planned only short vis­its. For our longer stays in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, and South Africa, we bought ad­di­tional flags.

For sea freight, you need a freight-for­warder that ac­cepts ship­ments of less than a con­tainer, but will pack them into a con­tainer for ship­ping. When we shipped out of Mi­ami, we used Tran­sCaribe. All other times we shipped through Fa­mous Pa­cific. Nor­mally you would work with a ship­ping com­pany at the ori­gin lo­ca­tion but we usu­ally used the tar­get coun­try ship­per. They would touch the ship­ment last, so we’d work with them if we needed to re­tar­get a ship­ment to a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion or make other changes. Once we needed to trans­fer a pal­let shipped to Mel­bourne to the Gold Coast in Aus­tralia be­cause the ship­ment had been de­layed for a month by a long­shore­man strike on the west coast of the United States and we’d left Mel­bourne be­fore it ar­rived. When ar­rang­ing re­gional trans­port, en­sure that they are equipped with a fork­lift or that fork­lift fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able at the des­ti­na­tion to re­move the pal­let from the truck.

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