|Designated Port Exception Permit|
Where may I import or export wildlife?
In most cases, you must bring wildlife through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated port where we can inspect and clear it.
Do any other options exist?
If your wildlife meets certain criteria, you may apply for a designated port exception permit to import or export it through the port of your choice.
What criteria does the Service use for issuing these permits?
We issue designated port exception permits only to
In addition, Service officers must be available to inspect your wildlife at the port you want to use.
How do I apply for a designated port exception permit?
You must complete an application (Form 3-200-2) and provide written documentation showing how your wildlife meets the criteria for this permit. You must pay a $100 permit application fee. If you want the permit for a commercial shipment, please provide a copy of your valid Service wildlife import/export license.
What information must I provide in my application?All applicants must
How do I show that my shipment qualifies for a designated port exception permit for scientific purposes?In your application, you must
How do I show that my shipment qualifies for a designated port exception permit to minimize deterioration or loss?In your application, you must show that
How do I show that my shipment qualifies for a designated port exception permit to alleviate undue economic hardship?In your application, you must
Does the Service always issue port exception permits if the applicant meets the appropriate criteria?
No. We can only issue these permits if the applicant meets the criteria AND a Service officer will be available to inspect and clear the shipment.
Are there any costs associated with using a designated port exception permit?
Yes. Anyone importing or exporting wildlife under a designated port exception permit must pay a non-designated port base inspection fee. Click here for current fee schedule. Additional fees apply if you use a port where we have no officers stationed, you must also pay all travel, transportation, and per diem costs associated with sending a Service officer to inspect your shipment.
Can I obtain a designated port exception permit that allows me to import/export more than one shipment?
Yes. When you apply, you may request authorization to import or export multiple shipments at the port selected for a period up to two years.
Which Service offices issue designated port exception permits?
Send your application to one of our seven law enforcement permit offices if your shipment contains wildlife that does NOT require any other Service permit. Use the office for the region where the port you want to use is located.
If your wildlife also requires a permit under Service regulations for injurious species, endangered and threatened species, migratory birds, marine mammals, or species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), you may request a designated port exception permit from the Service office that will issue your permit for importing or exporting protected wildlife.
For example, if your wildlife is listed on CITES Appendix I, you must obtain a CITES permit from the Service’s Division of Management Authority. You may also submit your application for a designated port exception permit to this office at the same time that you apply for your CITES permit.
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Last updated: February 14, 2013