Date: July 20, 2007
Series: Law Enforcement
Part 443: Wildlife Inspection
Originating Office: Office of Law Enforcement
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A. Import/Export licenses,
B. Designated port exception permits, and
C. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) export permits and re-export certificates.
2.3 What is the authority for the chapter? The authority for this chapter is the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 – 1544).
A. The Chief, Office of Law Enforcement (OLE):
(1) Is responsible for issuing and maintaining records of Import/Export Licenses and designated port exception permits.
(2) May issue CITES export permits only for certain species (see section 2.6 below) and re-export certificates after receiving training the Division of Management Authority has approved.
B. The Chief, Division of Management Authority (DMA):
(1) Is responsible for all CITES documentation the United States issues, and
(2) Has delegated authority to issue certain CITES documents to the Office of Law Enforcement at certain regional and port offices.
A. Import/Export licenses. OLE staff issue these licenses to commercial entities (see 50 CFR 14) who engage in trade in wildlife and wildlife products. The person or entity importing or exporting wildlife must obtain the license before beginning any import or export activities. You can find detailed criteria for issuing these licenses in 50 CFR 13 and 14.
B. Designated port exception permits. OLE staff may issue these permits to a commercial entity or an individual after receiving a complete application package that meets the requirements specified in 50 CFR 13 and 14. The applicant must obtain a permit before beginning any import or export activities.
A. CITES Export Permit Issuance. OLE staff:
(1) May issue CITES export permits for species when:
(a) The Division of Scientific Authority has found that the exports are not detrimental to the species, and
(b) The Division of Management Authority (DMA) has found that the exports were legally obtained.
(2) May issue CITES export permits only for tagged skins of:
(a) American alligator (Alligator mississipiensis);
(b) Bobcat (Lynx rufus);
(c) River otter (Lontra (=Lutra) canadensis);
(d) In the lower 48 states, only captive-bred lynx (Lynx canadensis), and all lynx from Alaska;
(e) Alaskan population only of the:
(i) Gray wolf (Canis lupus);
(ii) Brown bear (Ursus arctos); and
(iii) American black bear (Ursus americanus) (also see section 2.6A(4)).
(3) For parts other than the tagged skins mentioned in section 2.6A(2), must send applications to DMA along with the processing fee, unless DMA has granted a waiver to allow OLE to issue a permit for other parts.
(4) In Region 7 are the only OLE staff who may issue permits for black bears taken in Alaska.
B. CITES Re-export Certificate Issuance.
(1) OLE staff may only issue re-export certificates for Appendix II and III species when:
(a) They receive complete applications and fees that include a copy of the CITES and declaration documents confirming legal import, and
(b) The species is not protected under any other law or regulation, including, but not limited to, the:
(i) Endangered Species Act,
(ii) Wild Bird Conservation Act,
(iii) Marine Mammal Protection Act,
(iv) Migratory Bird Treaty Act, or
(v) Injurious wildlife regulations.
(2) For crocodilians and caimans, certain specimens may be exported or re-exported without an ESA permit. OLE staff may issue a CITES re-export certificate for the following specimens in the countries listed. Applications for these specimens originating from other countries must be sent to DMA for processing.
(a) Crocodylus niloticus (Nile crocodile): OLE staff may issue re-export certificates for any specimens from the following countries:
(viii) South Africa,
(ix) Uganda, and
(x) The United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
(b) Crocodylus porosus (Saltwater crocodile): OLE staff may issue re-export certificates for any specimens from the following countries:
(i) Australia, and
(ii) Papua New Guinea.
(c) Caiman yacare, Caiman crocodilus crocodilus, Caiman crocodilus fuscus, Caiman crocodilus chiapasius (caiman): OLE staff may not issue re-export certificates for live specimens, but they may issue re-export certificates for all other specimens. Applications for live animals must be sent to DMA for processing.
Antaresia stimsoni Aspidites melanocephalus
Aspidites ramsayi Brookesia sp.
Calumma sp. Erymnochelys
Furcifer sp. madagascariensis
Morelia amethistina kinghorni Liasis olivaceus
Morelia carinata Morelia bredli
Paradelma orientalis Morelia oenpelliensis
Pyxis sp. Phelsuma sp.
Varanus baritji. Varanus acanthurus
Varanus caudolineatus Varanus brevicauda
Varanus giganteus Varanus eremius
Varanus glauerti Varanus gilleni
Varanus gouldiii Varanus glebopalma
Varanus keithhornei Varanus indicus
Varanus mertensi Varanus kingorum
Varanus pilbarensis Varanus mitchelli
Varanus rosenbergi Varanus primordius
Varanus semiremex Varanus scalaris
Varanus storri Varanus spenceri
Varanus varius Varanus tristis
A. Never sign CITES documents.
B. Issue CITES documents only on security paper having a current authorized DMA signature.
C. Not create or issue any document that acts as or claims to be a CITES document or authorization.
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