Published April 24, 2007 by Yuri Starikov
FWS Declaration Exemption List
Many members of trading community are not sure whether products that they bring into the United States are subject to FWS declaration. This uncertainty may result in unnecessary expenses. For example, an extra careful importer that brings feather products through the port of Savannah (where FWS Office is not present) will IT shipment in bond to Atlanta (closest FWS Office) for FWS purposes. The genus and species of feathers from which products are made is Pavo cristatus. As a result, that importer incurs unnecessary expense because Pavo cristatus is exempt from FWS regulations.Fish and Wildlife Services at the Port of Atlanta, GA kindly shared their procedures check sheet. The check sheet is a basic replica of 50 CFR 14.4. Even if your product is not subject to FWS regulations, it is still highly advisable to annotate scientific name on the commercial invoice.