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Imports of Certain African Elephant Trophies Banned

Monday, April 14, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that as of April 4 FWS inspectors will no longer clear imports of African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe during calendar year 2014. The FWS notes that elephant populations are declining in both countries due to accelerated poaching for the ivory trade.

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 at this time to avoid loss of the shipment or the cost of reexport.

This trade suspension does not apply to elephant trophies legally taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe in 2013 or previous years, but such shipments must include appropriate documentation of the year in which the elephant was hunted. The suspension also does not apply to imports of live African elephants or other elephant parts and products from Zimbabwe.

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