In our efforts to follow all wildlife laws, up until now we have not offered shipping to the USA on any animal based products. If you're not familiar with customs and wildlife laws this may confuse you. We get messages like "Can't you just put a customs label on it and send it?" or "Send it to my friend and he'll bring it over".
Unfortunately it doesn't work like that. There are laws for a reason and we aim to uphold them.
Due to the increasing amount of enquiries we get on shipping our entomology frames to the USA we decided to reach out to the US Fisheries and Wildlife department to straighten it out once and for all.
It was a very long email, full of legal jargon so I'll paraphrase the key points. This is the exact words that the USFW officer sent to us so if you want it even further simplified scroll right to the bottom.
Personal Imports (not for resale):
- If the U.S. importer is not importing these mounted insects for commercial purposes, consistent with our definition of commercial, they do not have to apply for an import/export license.
- An import/export license only authorizes the importation or exportation of wildlife or wildlife products in general terms. Please be advised that this license is in addition to, and not in place of, any other licenses or permits required for protected species of wildlife.
- As the U.S. importer prepares to import these mounted insects into the United States, they must also complete Form 3-177, Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife.
- The U.S. importer can find this form on our website at the following address: http://www.fws.gov/le/pdf/3177
- This form is not difficult to complete, although they must provide the scientific name for each species of insect that they wish to import.
- We do allow the filing of Form 3-177 on-line using our eDecs system. The U.S. importer can view information on our eDecs system on our website at: https://edecs.fws.gov/.
The U.S. importer should have this form completed and have it, a copy of their import/export license, if applicable, and these mounted insects available for inspection as they prepare to import them into the United States.
The U.S. importer must import these mounted insects at a designated port.
The U.S. importer can find a list of designated ports, and contact information for our wildlife inspectors at those ports, on our website at the following address: http://www.fws.gov/le/designat
We suggest that they contact in advance our wildlife inspectors at the port where they will be importing these.
- The U.S. importer is responsible for the legal importation of these mounted insects from the United Kingdom into the United States.
- Title 50, of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 14.91, require that they must obtain an import/export license prior to engaging in business as an importer or exporter of wildlife or wildlife products.
- The license is valid for one year from the date of issuance and costs $100.00.
- In addition, as an import/export license holder, the U.S. importer must pay an inspection fee for each wildlife shipment imported or exported under the license, regardless of the quantity of products in a given shipment
- For information on inspection fees and how to calculate the inspection fee that the U.S. importer will be required to pay, they can visit our website at: http://www.fws.gov/le/pdf/FeeC
Even if you're buying them for yourself. You need to fill in a form and have the shipment sent to a designated port for inspection. Once the package has been inspected and the form has been processed by USFW you can arrange from shipment to your own address.
Any site who does not follow this procedure is putting YOU at risk.