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Pearl Parties – What You Need to Know

Oyster Shell surrounded by a lot of pearls


Online “pearl parties” are trending now with several direct marketing companies recruiting independent consultants as a new business venture. Oyster shells are opened online “live” to reveal a pearl that can be made into jewelry. There are a few things to know about oysters before undertaking this commercial activity.

Know When You are Importing Oysters

Oysters used in a pearl party typically originate from a foreign country, and thus are considered imports. Because oysters are wildlife, imports of these oysters (even if the animals are ‘farmed’) are regulated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). 

Steps to Take:

  • Importing oysters used in a pearl party as a business venture is considered a commercial activity and requires an Import/Export License from the Service prior to the first shipment arriving in the U.S. 

  • Import/Export Licenses cost $100 and are valid for one year from the date of issuance. 

  • Each shipment of oysters imported is required to enter the U.S. through a designated port, unless otherwise authorized by the Service. 

  • Shipments of oysters imported to be used in a pearl party must be declared to the Service. 

  • Each commercial shipment of oysters imported to be used in a pearl party requires the importer to pay user fees; $93 per shipment minimum. 

If you have any questions, you can contact the closest Wildlife Inspection Office.

Importers bringing in shipments of oysters into the U.S. without a valid Import/Export License and/or not declared are subject to enforcement action by the Service, including seizure of goods and possible monetary penalties. 

What a nasty practice. Inhumane!
# Posted By | 8/20/17 1:04 PM
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