Since I cannot find any powder at the big wholesalers I've decided it may be better to buy from individuals and have them shipped to a consolidator in Seattle/Kent then shipped up here. The MAY be a solution to you folks who want powder but don't have access locally.
So far I have one quote for $199 for a box of say 40 pounds total to Anchorage. They'll also charge a consolidation fee of $7 per UPS/FEDEX box, so if I get five boxes totaling 40 pounds, the cost would be $199 + $35. The fellow agreed it would behoove me to purchase as much powder I can (in the least amount of shipments). I do know it will be roughly $200 to get it out here. So $450 just for shipping. Also the Feds have re-done the CFR again so now each box on cargo aircraft are limited to 16 pounds of powder AND they reclassified smokeless powder from a 1.3 explosive to the correct 4.1 flammable solid. But at least I can have whatever powder I can buy rather than wring my hands about it. Sooooooo....
And Oh My God....I have run into the shipping company brick wall of 100 pounds per ship. I asked the fellow how the company has arrived at that, since it is not elucidated per the CFR 49. He got all huffy so I didn't point out their error. The people on the phone are just filling out rate request forms, they won't know The Code, for that I'd have to wade through a few levels of bureaucracy. I may do it just for kicks once I have run through all the companies in the phone book. No, I won't name the company but it does not have yellow or green in the logo. The same fellow told me unequivocally that "this cannot be shipped by air". Grain of salt people, grain of salt.
For reference: the vessel stowage "A" means it can be stowed in a container on deck or under deck.