The crux of the problem is that shippers and customs officials in the range nations are not filling out the necessary CITES paperwork according to requirements by US Fish & Wildlife Service and CITES, and the Service is ruling that such documents are invalid. This makes the shipments illegal, according to the Service. Right now, the Service is still giving hunters faced with this problem the choice of returning the shipment to the country of origin or having it seized, with the understanding that they can appeal the seizure. John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force says allowing the Service to seize your shipment is NOT the right way to handle this problem. He says it will cost more in attorney's fees to appeal the seizure than it will to return the trophies and re-ship them with the proper paperwork. Also, he warns that the appeals process can take up to two years, and there is no guarantee of success.
Jackson wrote about these new requirements in his Conservation Force Bulletin last September when the Service first implemented the highly stringent paperwork........(continued)