New Import Prohibitions on Wildlife Species
Effective May 2, the Fish and Wildlife Service has prohibited the importation of the following species for which trade was recently suspended under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
- the black-crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) from Guinea, Sudan and South Sudan
- the grey-crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) from Rwanda and Tanzania
- the beluga sturgeon (Huso huso) from Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia
- the common seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) from Vietnam
- the emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator) from Benin and Togo
This prohibition applies to all imports except specimens that meet the exemptions for personal or household effects, artificial propagation, bred-in-captivity, pre-CITES, registered scientific institutions or traveling exhibitions.