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Ban on Imports of Certain African Elephant Trophies Extended

Friday, July 17, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on March 26 made a determination that the suspension on imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Zimbabwe on or after April 4, 2014 would be continued until further notice. FWS indicates that this decision is due to its inability to determine that the killing of the animal whose trophy is intended for import into the U.S. would enhance the survival of the species in the wild. The suspension on importation of trophies taken during calendar year 2015 or future hunting seasons could be lifted if additional satisfactory information on the status and management of elephants in Zimbabwe becomes available.

Under this trade suspension, the FWS will refuse entry to such trophies and allow reexport at the importer’s expense. Inspectors may also seize and seek forfeiture of shipments if the importation violates other wildlife trade laws and regulations. Importers, brokers and others involved with such shipments are advised to forego importation into the United States to avoid loss of the shipment or the cost of reexport.

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