Checklist To Prevent CITES Trophy Seizures and Losses
US Fish & Wildlife Service has implemented a zero tolerance policy on all document errors or omissions for trophy import shipments. That means that any error, no matter who commits it or how innocent or seemingly insignificant, the shipment will be seized. The Service will no longer allow the hunter to return the trophy for re-export and corrected paperwork once they have examined the shipment. Because all trophy seizures are treated as contraband by the Service, the hunter loses all legal property rights to the shipment. Since the Service began implementing its zero tolerance policy, hundreds of trophies worth millions of dollars have been detained and seized or forced into forfeiture by the Service each year since 1999.
To help hunters and their hunting operators and shipping agents prevent the seizure of their trophies, John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force published a special report in the February 2011 issue of Conservation Force Bulletin that spells out how to avoid having your CITES trophy shipment seized. The title of his report is A Step-by-Step Guide On Who Is Responsible For What, and you can read it by clicking on the link below.
Jackson also has provided The Hunting Report with a Trophy Problem Checklist For Importation To The US. Download it and send it to your hunting operator and shipping broker before your trophy is shipped. By following these tips, you can catch and fix any mistakes that could lead to your trophy being seized.