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					                     United States Department of the Interior
                                  FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
                                  Office of Law Enforcement
                                           Import/Export Office
                                             P.O. Box 190045
                                                  Anchorage, Alaska 99519

In Reply Refer To:

FWS/LE ENF                                                                             September 5,

U.S. Hunter:

Our records indicate that you are planning a hunting expedition to Russia. We have provided this
packet of information to ensure the proper and expedient clearance of your wildlife (i.e., hunting
trophies) and/or wildlife products, into the United States.


To lawfully import wildlife, including their parts or products, into the United States, you must
meet the following requirements:

      1. Prior to departing for Russia, contact the Anchorage USFWS Import/Export Office at
         (907) 271-6198 with your date and time of arrival into Anchorage from Russia and what
         kind of wildlife you anticipate importing into the United States.

      2. Complete and file a Form 3-177, Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or
         Wildlife at the time of clearance with the Service. A sample copy of the form and a blank
         form are enclosed. The completion of the Declaration Form 3-177 prior to arriving into
         Alaska will expedite the clearance process.

      3. Obtain a valid Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)
         export permit issued by the wildlife’s country of origin, or a re-export permit from the
         country of re-export. Wildlife, their parts or products (i.e., trophies, gifts, and souvenirs)
         listed in Appendix I, II or III of the CITES treaty must be accompanied by permits upon
         importation. Some examples of CITES protected species are brown bear, lynx, and wolf.
         Please refer to the CITES website ( for a complete listing of all CITES

Note: Non-CITES wildlife trophies from snow sheep, moose, caribou, and mink do not require a
CITES permit, but must be accompanied by a valid foreign veterinary certificate or any other
agency permits or certificates. Typically, a Russian veterinary certificate is orange in color.
   4. Present the wildlife, their parts, or products for inspection in Anchorage.

Note: Please expect a delay of up to two hours for processing. Make sure you have
enough time for the delay between your flight into Anchorage and your next flight.


   1. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforces all USDA regulations at the ports and
      border. USDA has import restrictions on the importation of birds (i.e., game birds and
      migratory waterfowl), goats, sheep (i.e., snow sheep), and ruminants (i.e., moose and
      caribou). Currently, no birds are allowed to be imported into the U.S. from Russia due to
      the risk of avian flu. You may import the above listed wildlife, except birds, with a
      foreign veterinary certificate. Upon entry into the United States, the wildlife must be
      surrendered and shipped “in-bond” to a USDA approved establishment, accompanied by
      a Report of Entry, Shipment of Restricted Imported Animal Products (VS Form 16-78).
      For more information concerning the import of sport hunted wildlife, contact the
      Anchorage CBP Agriculture Specialist at (907) 271-1236.

   2. GAME MEAT: Special restrictions apply depending on type of game. Contact the
      Anchorage CBP Agriculture Specialists at (907) 271-1236 for more detail. Also, if
      greater than 50 pounds will require Food Safety Inspection Service clearance (note: the
      nearest office is in Seattle, WA).

   3. With limited exceptions, wildlife listed in Appendix I of the CITES treaty such as river
      otters from Russia, are prohibited from importation into the United States for both
      personal use and commercial trade.

   4. The importation of wildlife, wildlife parts and/or products regulated by the Endangered
      Species Act listed as threatened or endangered (i.e., tigers and polar bear) and/or the
      Marine Mammal Protection Act (i.e., seals, whales, narwhals, walrus, polar bear, sea
      otter, and sea lions) are prohibited into the United States.

   5. Caviar of the beluga sturgeon is prohibited into the United States. Caviar from other
      sturgeon species is allowed entry up to 125 grams total. There is no limit on the amount
      of salmon caviar you bring back (subject to duty).


Note: Souvenirs made from non-protected wildlife are processed free of charge and do not
require the filing of forms. Overtime fees do not apply when imported as personal accompanied
baggage. Protected wildlife souvenirs (i.e. CITES listed) are also free, but will be subject to
overtime fees if importing as personal accompanied baggage during non-duty hours.

1.     Overtime Fees:

a.      Any wildlife clearance during normal         NO CHARGE
business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) at the
port of Anchorage

b.      Any wildlife with clearance outside
normal business hours (including 2 hour              MINIMUM $105
minimum at $105.00 including Saturday and
Sundays and $53 an hour after 2 hours) at
the port of Anchorage.

c.      Any wildlife with clearance outside
normal business hours on holidays at the
Port of Anchorage (including 2 hour                  MINIMUM $139
minimum at $139 and $70 an hour after 2

d.     Overtime less than 1 hour before
normal work hours.                                   $53

2.     Premium Fee. The Service will charge a new “premium fee” for imports or exports that
       consist of live wildlife and/or protected species (CITES, ESA, Migratory Bird and/or
       Marine Mammal). The premium fee for live wildlife and the premium fee for protected
       species will both be $93.00. Animals from Russia such as bear, lynx, or wolf are CITES
       protected species and will be charged a premium fee of 93.00. Hunters bringing back
       CITES or other protected species as personal accompanied baggage are exempted
       from Premium Fees.

3.     Fees are collected at the time of inspection in the form of a personal/business/cashier’s
       check, money order, or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diner’s

       Club/Carte Blanche, and Discover only). No cash. Government issued identification is
       required for all checks.


Wildlife imported into the United States without the required CITES permit or supporting
documentation (ex. veterinary certificate) is subject to seizure by Service and/or CBP. To ensure
compliance with foreign and federal wildlife laws, import/export regulations and permit
requirements; please either contact:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of Management Authority               Telephone: (703) 358-2104
P.O. Box 3507
Arlington, VA 22203-3507

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of Law Enforcement                    Telephone: (907) 271-6198
Import/Export Office
P.O. Box 190045
Anchorage, Alaska 99519

Customs and Border Protection
Agricultural Specialist                      Telephone: (907) 271-1236
Anchorage, Alaska


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