3-200-23: Export or Re-Export of Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, Antiques Specimens CITES, MMPA and/or ESA

This permit application applies to activities that involve the export or re-export of items and live animals acquired prior to being listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) or the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), or the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). They are known as Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, and Antique specimens. Antiques are a special category under the Endangered Species Act that include items over 100 years of age that meet certain conditions. Please see the application form for specific descriptions of the terms “pre-convention”, “pre-act,” “antique,” and “pre-MMPA.”

To Complete This Form You Will Need the Following:

  • Documentation to establish that the item(s) or specimen(s) you are looking to export/re-export were acquired prior to their listing date under the relevant Federal laws as described in the application, including: 
    1.) A signed appraisal or other notarized documentation attesting to the age of the specimen.
    2.) Documentation showing the history of transactions of the specimen, when it was acquired, and when it was imported, if applicable.
    3.) Documentation to show that the specimen(s) meet the antique exemption under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, if applicable.
    4.) Documentation that the item was not sold or offered for sale after the date it was listed under the Endangered Species Act, if applicable. 
  • Please note in addition to obtaining this permit for your proposed activity, for any commercial activity you will need to obtain an import/export license from our Office of Law Enforcement.


Submit an Application

To submit an application online or through the mail, follow the instructions on our ePermits site.

Master Files

  • Master Files may be obtained for overarching programs that require multiple exports.
  • Once your program is approved, a Master File may be valid for at least one year, not to exceed 3.
  • You would then apply separately for individual, partially complete permits which you would customize for each shipment using 3-200-74.
  • To renew or amend an existing Master File, locate the Master File you wish to renew or amend, select it, then choose the renew or amend button.
  • You must wait for a Master File to be established, renewed, or amended, prior to applying for individual, partially complete permits.
  • You will be notified that your Master File is valid so you can apply for the permits associated with your Master File.

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