We use Fedex Ground for most domestic shipments. Unless a hard case is purchased with the kora we build a custom plywood crate for each instrument and carefully wrap it and secure it in the container. This service costs 65.-US$. The crate can be reused for future shipping and travel. A mid-sized kora measures ca. 53″by20″by16″, the outside dimensions of a crate would be 56″by22″by18″ . At this size dimensional weight is used, which is 60lbs. (the actual weight is ca. 45lbs) We insure the shipment for the full cost of the instrument plus 65.- for the crate. Domestic shipping rates (not including crate) range from 75.- to 175.- depending on the distance and the size of the instrument.
For international shipments we recommend freight forwarding services.
With the exception of the charge for the crate we charge the actual cost of the shipment.
And, you are always welcome to pick up your kora in person. For free.