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Posted by Carl Franklin on November 02, 2001 at 18:50:49:
In Reply to: USFWS taking it's sweet time w/ my permit application. posted by Jay on October 29, 2001 at 17:50:55:
: I applied for a CITES import permit last October. I still have no answer a year later. And the USFWS wonders why people smuggle or ship w/o the proper permits? I have given up on this particular permit, but I am about to apply for another. I'm interested in some boas from Canada, and in two days, the other party has all relevant paperwork. I told him don't expect anything until next spring (if then). A classic example of how red tape obscures the real benefit of working w/ endangered species. Most who work for the service are biologists. It would seem to me that they would clearly see what legislation and regulations do not work for a species survival/protection. Just thought I would vent a little. I look forward to some good responses, and welcome any comments, either here in the forum, or to my email. Thanks.
Contact Vicki Britton at (505)248-7891 Division of Law Enforcement U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service. P.O. Box 329 Albuquerque, NM 87103.
I cannot really complain about my permit processing. It took 3-4 weeks and the fee for an import/export license was $50. However it was useless to me after September 11th as I couldn't ship materials overseas. If I were you, I wouldn't wait around. Call them and ask what happened. You may not need a license depending upon how your materials are arriving. I know that a good number of importers work the USFW inspection and permit fee into their prices. So that is also something to consider. Another thing is that your boa may have to be carried across the Canadian border. This is because of new restrictions on air cargo shippers. They (at leazst every American based air cargo shippers) are no longer accepting customers unless you have 3 airbills registered with them in the past 6 months. This inludes almost all couriers for the reason that they use passenger planes to transport cargo. Unfortunately that is the case with all American based shippers including: British air, Delta, American, etc. It may be different with a Canadian cargo shipper, but I'm skeptical. Good luck with air transport however, moving it on the ground would more than likely be the easiest method at this time.
Hope this has helped?