Wildlife & Wildlife Products
- Import or export of wildlife at a port other than a required designated
port or authorized border or special port requires a Port Exception
Permit. This permit may be issued
For the application or further information, please contact our Wildlife
Inspectors office at (907) 271-6198.
- for scientific purposes,
- to minimize deterioration or loss, or
- to alleviate undue economic hardship. Applicants must demonstrate
that they meet the criteria for issuance of this special permit.
This permit, which is valid for two years if required, must
be acquired before importing or exporting wildlife. A port exception
permit may be issued for single or multiple imports or exports.
Note: Anchorage, Alaska is a designated
port no port exemption permit is not required for importing or
If you are traveling abroad be aware that many wildlife
products sold abroad are not legal to import into the United States.
For example, elephant ivory, furs from many spotted cats, and products
made from endangered sea turtles, such as shell jewelry, leather
boots, and skin oils, are prohibited. Because international regulations
governing wildlife trade are complex, the Service advises people
who plan to purchase wildlife products to check regulations carefully
before traveling abroad. A good guide is "Tips
Some of the materials used in Alaska Native arts
or crafts come from protected species or sources, and are regulated.
Guide of Alaska Native Arts
is an excellent guide to help you
understand the laws and requirements for taking Alaska Native crafts
home with you.
If you will be leaving and re-entering the United
States with your pet bird, then read the information in "Traveling
with Your Pet Bird
for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife Form 3-177
is not only used for commercial importing and exporting but also
for non-commercial importing and exporting. The form, continuation
sheet and instructions for completing the form can be accessed on-line.
To download the form you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version
4.0 or higher. You may download Form 3-177 or open, complete, and
print it. Use the tab key or cursor to move between fields on the
Last updated: May 9, 2014
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