Import & Export

A variety of state and federal agencies regulate the import or export of live animals and their tissues or products. Examples of permit requirements are provided below as are links to the associated forms and permitting agencies.

Note: Please remember that these are only the US regulations, most other countries have their own import and export permit requirements. The Office of Research Integrity will attempt to put you in contact with the appropriate agency(ies) in other countries, but often your best source of information will be your contacts or collaborators in that country. Most countries require a zoosanitary (animal health) certificate issued by the USDA as part of their import permit requirements.

Example 1: Shipment from the U.S. to Germany of Black Bear ( Ursus Americanus ) brain tissue samples.

  • USFWS CITES Export Permit (Form 3-200-3) - Black bears are listed in CITES: Appendix 3
  • USFWS Export Declaration (Form 3-177)
  • ADF&G Scientific Collection Permit allowing export of tissues (this is necessary for CITES permit applications)

Example 2: Shipment from the U.S. to Canada of anthropological specimens, including ~1000 year old bird and marine mammal bones and bone fragments, collected in Canada in the late 1960's.

  • Marine Mammal Protection Pre-Act Affidavit: Required for marine mammal parts or artifacts collected prior to December 21, 1972. A letter issued by the Office of Protected Resources at NMFS stating that the affadavit and supporting information provided sufficiently established the pre-act status of the specimens is required in place of a MMPA export permit. Note: For more information on how the various acts handle antiques, pre-act, or pre-convention specimens visit the USFWS fact page.
  • USFWS MBTA Export Permit (Form 3-200-6) - The MBTA does not exempt specimens collect prior to the act's implementations, so a permit is required.
  • USFWS Export Declaration (Form 3-177)

Example 3: Shipment of blood samples from thick billed murres ( Uria lomvia ) from Canada to the U.S.

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