Guidance on Import/Export Clearance of Products with Plant and Wildlife Species
The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced an agreement with the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that will streamline import and export requirements for both agencies with respect to products that may contain plant and/or wildlife species regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
For imports, FWS inspectors will inspect and clear shipments of products containing both CITES-listed non-living plant species and any wildlife species that may be either CITES- or non-CITES-listed. Only wildlife will be declared on Form 3-177.
For exports, if a shipment contains CITES plant and non-CITES wildlife materials, the permit must be validated by either APHIS or FWS, all wildlife must be declared to FWS, and the shipment must be exported at a FWS-approved port for wildlife. Only wildlife will be declared on Form 3-177. If a shipment contains both CITES plant and CITES wildlife materials, the permit must be validated by FWS, all wildlife must be declared to FWS, and the shipment must be exported through a FWS-approved port for wildlife.
FWS notes that this guidance only applies to shipments that contain both CITES-listed plants and CITES- or non-CITES-listed wildlife. If a shipment contains only plant material, the permit must be validated by APHIS and exported through an APHIS CITES-approved port for plants.