Importing Cites Animals

RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Following Animals may not be imported into the U.S. under any circumstances:
  • Cheetah
  • African Wild Dog
  • Brown Hyena
  • Scimitar Horned Oryx - Would have to have been ranch captive bred and taken prior of 09-02-2005, requires US CITES I permit.
  • Mountain Cape Zebra
  • Black Rhino
  • Jaguar
  • Black Faced Impala

Also any animal at this website which has a Red E in the ESA column. Means they are endangered and protected by the Endangered Species Act.

It also applies to any animal with a Red Y in the MMPA column. Means the Marine Mammal Protection Act protects them.

Rules on Importing Cites Animals (Trophies) into the US.

All CITES Shipments now are required to have block 14 of the Export CITES permit completed with an export endorsement after May 1, 2008 or the CITES animals will either be refused entry and re-exported back to the origin at shippers expense or destroyed.

CITES I and II animals only permitted entry into U.S. if the animals were sport-hunted by the actual importer of record. No shipments permitted entry if the acquisition was in commercial trade and the animal is listed as Threatened (Red T) in the ESA column.

All CITES I animals require a U.S. Import Permit and copy should be requested by the overseas agent before they start the export documentation process. No export permit will be issued by Nature conservation SA before the Cites I Import Permit was not approved and received. Clients must apply for this Import Permit from US fish and Wildlife.

List of Cites I animals:

(In the U.S. Bontebok is considered a CITES I animal)

  • Bontebok
  • Cape Mountain Zebra
  • Cheetah
  • Leopard
  • Black Rhino

All Cites II animals must be listed on a Cites Export Permit. This export Permit will be provided to the client / broker by Nature Conservation SA. Our Shipping companies will apply for this export permit before the trophies are handed over to the shipping company.

List of Cites II animals:
  • African Elephant
  • African Wild Cat
  • Baboon
  • Blue Duiker
  • Caracal
  • Hartmann Zebra
  • Hippopotamus
  • Lion
  • Nile Crocodile
  • Serval
  • Vervet Monkey

CITES III animals must be listed on a CITES Export Permit. This export Permit will be provided to the client from Nature Conservation SA. Our Shipping companies will apply for this export permit.

  • African Civet
  • Honey Badger
  • Tsessebe (Tops)
  • Roan (Tops)
  • Suni (Tops)
  • Black Wildebeest (Tops)
  • Sharpes Grysbuck (Tops)
  • Reedbuck (Tops)