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Code of Federal Regulations. Title 50. Wildlife and Fisheries. Chapter I. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior. Subchapter B. Taking, Possession, Transportation, Sale, Purchase, Barter, Exportation, and Importation of Wildlife and Plants. Part 14. Importation, Exportation, and Transportation of Wildlife. Subpart F. Wildlife Declarations.



Country of Origin: United States

Agency of Origin: Department of the Interior - Fish & Wildlife Service

National Citation: 50 C.F.R. 14.61 - 14.64



Last checked by Web Center Staff: 07/2013


Summary:   Except as otherwise provided by the regulations of this subpart, importers or their agents must file with the Service a completed Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3-177), signed by the importer or the importer's agent, upon the importation of any wildlife at the place where Service clearance under section 14.52 is requested.
Material in Full:

§ 14.61 Import declaration requirements.

§ 14.62 Exceptions to import declaration requirements.

§ 14.63 Export declaration requirements.

§ 14.64 Exceptions to export declaration requirements.

 

§ 14.61 Import declaration requirements.

Except as otherwise provided by the regulations of this subpart, importers or their agents must file with the Service a completed Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3-177), signed by the importer or the importer's agent, upon the importation of any wildlife at the place where Service clearance under § 14.52 is requested. However, wildlife may be transshipped under bond to a different port for release from custody by Customs Service officers under 19 U.S.C. 1499. For certain antique articles as specified in § 14.22, importers or their agents must file a Form 3-177 with the District Director of Customs at the port of entry prior to release from Customs custody. Importers or their agents must furnish all applicable information requested on the Form 3-177 and the importer, or the importer's agent, must certify that the information furnished is true and complete to the best of his/her knowledge and belief.

[61 FR 31870, June 21, 1996; 61 FR 49980, Sept. 24, 1996]

SOURCE: 45 FR 56673, Aug. 25, 1980; 50 FR 52889, Dec. 14, 1985; 52 FR 43278, Nov. 10, 1987; 52 FR 45341, Nov. 27, 1987; 55 FR 9731, March 15, 1990; 57 FR 27108, June 17, 1992; 61 FR 3851, Feb. 2, 1996; 63 FR 52634, Oct. 1, 1998; 64 FR 23025, April 29, 1999, unless otherwise noted.

AUTHORITY: 16 U.S.C. 668, 704, 712, 1382, 1538(d)-(f), 1540(f), 3371-3378, 4223-4244, and 4901-4916; 18 U.S.C. 42; 31 U.S.C. 9701.

 

§ 14.62 Exceptions to import declaration requirements.

(a) Except for wildlife requiring a permit pursuant to part 17 or 23 of this subchapter B, an importer or his/her agent does not have to file a Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3–177) for importation of shellfish and fishery products imported for purposes of human or animal consumption, or taken in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States or on the high seas for recreational purposes;

(b) Except for wildlife requiring a permit pursuant to Part 16, 17, 18, 21, or 23 of this subchapter B, a Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3–177) does not have to be filed for importation of the following:

(1) Fish taken for recreational purposes in Canada or Mexico;

(2) Wildlife products or manufactured articles that are not intended for commercial use and are used as clothing or contained in accompanying personal baggage, except that an importer or his/her agent must file a Form 3–177 for raw or dressed furs; for raw, salted, or crusted hides or skins; and for game or game trophies; and

(3) Wildlife products or manufactured articles that are not intended for commercial use and are a part of a shipment of the household effects of persons moving their residence to the United States, except that an importer or his/her agent must file a declaration for raw or dressed furs and for raw, salted, or crusted hides or skins.

(c) General declarations for certain specimens. Notwithstanding the provisions of 14.61 and except for wildlife included in paragraph (d) of this section, an importer or his/her agent may describe in general terms on a Declaration for the Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3–177) scientific specimens imported for scientific institutions for taxonomic, systematic research, or faunal survey purposes. An importer or his/her agent must file an amended Form 3–177 within 180 days after filing of the general declaration with the Service. The declaration must identify specimens to the most accurate taxonomic classification reasonably practicable using the best available taxonomic information. The Director may grant extensions of the 180–day period.

(d) Except for wildlife requiring a permit pursuant to part 16, 17, 18, 21, 22 or 23 of this subchapter, an importer or his/her agent does not have to file a Declaration for the Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3–177) at the time of importation for shipments of dead, preserved, dried, or embedded scientific specimens or parts thereof, imported by accredited scientists or accredited scientific institutions for taxonomic or systematic research purposes. An importer or his/her agent must file a Form 3–177 within 180 days of importation with the appropriate Assistant Regional Director--Law Enforcement in the Region where the importation occurs. The declaration must identify the specimens to the most accurate taxonomic classification reasonably practicable using the best available taxonomic information, and must declare the country of origin. Except: That this exception will not apply to any specimens or parts thereof taken as a result of sport hunting.

[45 FR 56673, Aug. 25, 1980; 45 FR 64953, Oct. 1, 1980; 61 FR 31870, June 21, 1996]

SOURCE: 45 FR 56673, Aug. 25, 1980; 50 FR 52889, Dec. 14, 1985; 52 FR 43278, Nov. 10, 1987; 52 FR 45341, Nov. 27, 1987; 55 FR 9731, March 15, 1990; 57 FR 27108, June 17, 1992; 61 FR 3851, Feb. 2, 1996; 63 FR 52634, Oct. 1, 1998; 64 FR 23025, April 29, 1999, unless otherwise noted.

AUTHORITY: 16 U.S.C. 668, 704, 712, 1382, 1538(d)–(f), 1540(f), 3371–3378, 4223–4244, and 4901–4916; 18 U.S.C. 42; 31 U.S.C. 9701.

 

§ 14.63 Export declaration requirements.

Except as otherwise provided by the regulations of this subpart, a completed Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3–177) signed by the exporter, or the exporter's agent, shall be filed with the Service prior to the export of any wildlife at the port of exportation as authorized in subpart B of this part. All applicable information requested on the Form 3–177 shall be furnished, and the exporter or the exporter's agent shall certify that the information furnished is true and complete to the best of his/her knowledge and belief.

SOURCE: 45 FR 56673, Aug. 25, 1980; 50 FR 52889, Dec. 14, 1985; 52 FR 43278, Nov. 10, 1987; 52 FR 45341, Nov. 27, 1987; 55 FR 9731, March 15, 1990; 57 FR 27108, June 17, 1992; 61 FR 3851, Feb. 2, 1996; 63 FR 52634, Oct. 1, 1998; 64 FR 23025, April 29, 1999, unless otherwise noted.

AUTHORITY: 16 U.S.C. 668, 704, 712, 1382, 1538(d)–(f), 1540(f), 3371–3378, 4223–4244, and 4901–4916; 18 U.S.C. 42; 31 U.S.C. 9701.

 

§ 14.64 Exceptions to export declaration requirements.

(a) Except for wildlife requiring a permit pursuant to Part 17 or 23 of this subchapter B, an exporter or his/her agent does not have to file a Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3–177) for the exportation of shellfish and fishery products exported for purposes of human or animal consumption or taken in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States or on the high seas for recreational purposes, and does not have to file for the exportation of live aquatic invertebrates of the Class Pelecypoda (commonly known as oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops) and the eggs, larvae, or juvenile forms thereof exported for purposes of propagation, or research related to propagation.

(b) Except for wildlife requiring a permit pursuant to Part 16, 17, 18, 21, or 23 of this Subchapter B, a Declaration for the Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3–177) does not have to be filed for the exportation of the following:

(1) Wildlife that is not intended for commercial use where the value of such wildlife is under $250;

(2) Wildlife products or manufactured articles, including game trophies, that are not intended for commercial use and are used as clothing or contained in accompanying personal baggage or are part of a shipment of the household effects of persons moving their residence from the United States; and

(3) Shipments of dead, preserved, dried, or embedded scientific specimens or parts thereof, exported by accredited scientists or accredited scientific institutions for taxonomic or systematic research purposes. An exporter or his/her agent must file a Form 3–177 within 180 days of exportation with the appropriate Assistant Regional Director--Law Enforcement in the Region where the exportation occurs. The declaration must identify the specimens to the most accurate taxonomic classification reasonably practicable using the best available taxonomic information, and must declare the country of origin. Except: That this exception will not apply to any specimens or parts thereof taken as a result of sport hunting.

(c) Except for wildlife requiring a period pursuant to parts 17 or 23 of this subchapter, a Declaration for the Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3–177) does not have to be filed for the exportation of live farm-raised fish and farm-raised fish eggs as defined in § 14.23.

[59 FR 41715, Aug. 15, 1994; 61 FR 31870, June 21, 1996]

SOURCE: 45 FR 56673, Aug. 25, 1980; 50 FR 52889, Dec. 14, 1985; 52 FR 43278, Nov. 10, 1987; 52 FR 45341, Nov. 27, 1987; 55 FR 9731, March 15, 1990; 57 FR 27108, June 17, 1992; 61 FR 3851, Feb. 2, 1996; 63 FR 52634, Oct. 1, 1998; 64 FR 23025, April 29, 1999, unless otherwise noted.

AUTHORITY: 16 U.S.C. 668, 704, 712, 1382, 1538(d)–(f), 1540(f), 3371–3378, 4223–4244, and 4901–4916; 18 U.S.C. 42; 31 U.S.C. 9701.

 



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