Strict US Fish and Wildlife Regulations Apply To Imports of Mother of Pearl
We’d like to remind you of the stringent regulations that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (US FWS) has applied to the importation of mother of pearl (nacre) since January 2012.
Mother of pearl is derived from shells, and is often used in the manufacture of buttons, jewellery, and watches, and in the ornamentation of many products.
Key requirements and consequences of the regulations include the following:
* as well as presenting the normal customs declaration, importers must also produce an additional import entry. This is subject to a separate regulatory charge
* in order to obtain clearance the import entry submitted to the US FWS must include precise details of the shell’s species (using both common and Latin names) and must also specify the country/location of origin where the mother of pearl was sourced
* all commercial imports are dependent on the importer holding an import permit
* imports intended for personal use do not require the importer to hold such a licence, but are still subject to the additional entries and declarations as noted above.
* FedEx applies an ancillary fee for the clearance of such goods.
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