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Declaration for Fish and Wildlife Import or Export Under Review

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting comments through May 31 on the proposed extension of FWS forms 3-177, Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife, and 3-177a, Continuation Sheet.

With a few exceptions, businesses, individuals or government agencies importing into or exporting from the United States any fish, wildlife or wildlife product must complete and submit an FWS Form 3-177 at the time and port where they request clearance. This form collects the following information: name of the importer or exporter and broker; scientific and common name of the fish or wildlife; permit numbers (if permits are required); description, quantity and value of the fish or wildlife; and natural country of origin of the fish or wildlife. In addition, certain information, such as the airway bill or bill of lading number, the location of the shipment for inspection, and the number of cartons, assists FWS inspectors if a physical examination is necessary.

Businesses that possess a valid FWS import/export license may request through the eDecs electronic filing system to participate in a program that exempts certain businesses from the designated port base inspection fees. To receive an exemption the licensed business must certify that it will exclusively import or export nonliving wildlife that is not listed as injurious and does not require a permit or certificate under various conservation laws. The requesting business also must certify that it will exclusively import or export the above types of wildlife shipments where the quantity in each shipment is 25 or fewer and the total value is $5,000 or less. Any licensed business that has more than two wildlife shipments that were refused clearance in the five years prior to its request is not eligible for the program. In addition, any licensees that have been assessed a civil penalty, issued a notice of violation, or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony violation involving wildlife import or export will not be eligible.

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