I've continuously heard people talking about ordering packages from Australia to have them delivered in the Us. The more I read about it, the better the idea sounds. You can get a package of bees that haven't been affected by CCD in early February instead of getting it two months later in April or even May. That gives me a very big jump start, even to the point where I could get honey from a package the same year I install it.
Only problem, I can't find anyone who is selling packages in Australia that is available for export. Anyone know of a supplier?