Office of Law Enforcement
Protecting Wildlife and Plant Resources

PLEASE NOTE: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has received Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for information related to the import and export of wildlife specimens and flora into and out of the United States contained in the Law Enforcement Management Information System (LEMIS) database. Information contained in LEMIS comes from data collected on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish and Wildlife (Form 3-177). The Service has prepared a notice to provide businesses (submitters) who have submitted information on Form 3-177 with an opportunity to review the information subject to potential disclosure under the FOIA and object to such disclosure. Click the below link to review the Notice and read instructions on how to object. All objections are due by June 1, 2021.

Notice link: https://www.fws.gov/irm/bpim/foia.html

Notice (PDF): https://www.fws.gov/irm/bpim/docs/Wildlife_Flora_Import_and_Export_Data_stored_in_LEMIS.pdf

Additional Resources Information for Importers and Exporters

Public Bulletins and Alerts

Wildlife Inspection Offices

Miscellaneous International Affairs Fact Sheets

Other Agency Links

U.S. Customs Import/Export Information

CITES Website

Foreign Wildlife Office Links

CITES Management Authority Offices

Laws, Regulations, Treaties

FOIA Matters


A wildlife inspector opens a commercial shipment of live turtles at Miami International Airport. Credit: USFWS
A wildlife inspector opens a commercial shipment of live turtles at Miami International Airport. Credit: USFWS

Information here will be of use to the following entities when they import or export wildlife or wildlife products:

  • Businesses and individuals engaged in commerce
  • Animal dealers, animal brokers, pet dealers, or pet or laboratory suppliers
  • Trade show participants displaying wildlife products
  • Collectors or hobbyists involved in commercial activities
  • Commercial laboratories, researchers or biomedical suppliers
  • Circuses and animal shows
  • Scientific institutions
  • Academic institutions

How to Import and Export Your Commercial Wildlife Shipment

Permits and Licenses

The Service has launched a new electronic permitting system (ePermits). It is now possible to submit many permit applications to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service online, as well as pay the processing fee online. Some permit applications still need to be submitted by mail at this time to the Office of Law Enforcement, or through the eLicense system for import / export licenses and port exceptions.

Inspection Fees

Wildlife Ports of Entry and Exit

eDecs (Electronic Declarations)

Declaration Form 3-177

Injurious Wildlife

Importing & Exporting Shellfish and Fishery Products (PDF)

Commerically Importing and Exporting Jewelry Made with Wildlife (PDF)

Wildlife in the Jewelry Trade (PDF)

Enforcement Guidance in Relation to California Penal Code Section 653o(b) and the Application of the Section 6(f) of the Endangered Species Act 16 U.S.C. 1535(f) (PDF)

CITES Document Requirements

 

 

 

Last updated: May 06, 2021