Canadian Meat Ban Lifted


Published: September - 2003

The ban on the import of Canadian ruminant game meat into the US has been lifted. We passed that message on to E-mail Extra subscribers back on August 8, and by now you probably already know the good news. What you may not know is that meat and game trophies have been cleared for import via all international airports, but not through all ground ports of entry (emphasis ours). In fact, only 17 ports of entry along the US Canadian border have been approved. This is an important clarification that reached us only as this issue went to press. The list of approved ground ports of entry and their phone numbers is available on the APHIS.

Another requirement to bring back wild game meat, is that you will need to submit a Veterinary Services Special Permit for the Importation of Hunter-Harvested Wild Ruminant Meat and be able to produce a valid Canadian hunting license when re-entering the United States. You can download a copy of the permit at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/bse.html. That permit is not necessary if you are bringing back only trophies, meaning antlers/skulls and hides. Hunters are allowed up to two sets of trophies without any documentation, but must produce either original hunting licenses (or tags) or copies of them when importing more than two trophies. Despite language in some of the information sheets on the APHIS web site that seems to lump trophies together with other ruminant products requiring commercial permits, APHIS Spokesman Ed Curlett assured us that this is not the case.

How long will this new permitting requirement remain in place? Curlett assured us the permit is not intended to be permanent. "The permitting system is meant as a temporary safeguard for the general public and as a method of assuring our international trading partners that the products being imported are in fact safe and of low risk," Curlett told The Hunting Report.

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