50 CFR § 23.15 - How may I travel internationally with my personal or household effects, including tourist souvenirs?
(a) Purpose. Article VII(3) of the Treaty recognizes a limited exemption for the international movement of personal and household effects.
(1) You or your shipment must be accompanied by any document required by a country under its stricter national measures.
(2) In the United States, you must obtain any permission needed under other regulations in this subchapter (see § 23.3).
(c) Required CITES documents. You must obtain a CITES document for personal or household effects and meet the requirements of this part if one of the following applies:
(2) You or your shipment does not meet all of the conditions for an exemption as provided in paragraphs (d) through (f) of this section.
|Major group||Species (Appendix II only)||Type of specimen||Quantity 1|
|Fishes||(i) Acipenseriformes (sturgeon, including paddlefish)||Sturgeon caviar (see § 23.71)||125 gm|
||Dead specimens, parts, products (including manufactured items), and derivatives||4|
|Reptiles||(iii) Crocodylia (alligators, caimans, crocodiles, gavial)||Dead specimens, parts, products (including manufactured items), and derivatives||4|
|Molluscs||(v) Tridacnidae (giant clams)||Shells, each of which may be one intact shell or two matching halves||3 shells, total not exceeding 3 kg|
|Plants||(vi) Cactaceae (cacti)||Rainsticks||3|
1 To import, export, or re-export more than the quantity listed in the table, you must have a valid CITES document for the entire quantity.
(d) Personal effects. You do not need a CITES document to import, export, or re-export any legally acquired specimen of a CITES species to or from the United States if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) No live wildlife or plant (including eggs or non-exempt seeds) is included.
(3) The specimen and quantity of specimens are reasonably necessary or appropriate for the nature of your trip or stay and, if the type of specimen is one listed in paragraph (c)(3) of this section, the quantity does not exceed the quantity given in the table.
(5) You are either wearing the specimen as clothing or an accessory or taking it as part of your personal baggage, which is being carried by you or checked as baggage on the same plane, boat, vehicle, or train as you.
(6) The specimen was not mailed or shipped separately.
(e) Household effects. You do not need a CITES document to import, export, or re-export any legally acquired specimen of a CITES species that is part of a shipment of your household effects when moving your residence to or from the United States, if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The provisions of paragraphs (d)(1) through (3) of this section are met.
(f) African elephant worked ivory. You may export or re-export from the United States worked African elephant (Loxodonta africana) ivory and then re-import it without a CITES document if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The worked ivory is a personal or household effect that meets the requirements of paragraphs (c) through (e) of this section and you are a U.S. resident who owned the worked ivory before leaving the United States and intend to bring the item back to the United States.
(3) You may not sell or transfer the ivory while outside the United States.
(4) The ivory is substantially worked and is not raw. Raw ivory means an African elephant tusk, or any piece of tusk, the surface of which, polished or unpolished, is unaltered or minimally carved, including ivory mounted on a stand or part of a trophy.
(5) When you return, you are able to provide records, receipts, or other documents to show that the ivory is pre-Convention and that you owned and registered it before you left the United States. To register such an item you must obtain one of the following documents:
(ii) FWS Declaration of Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (Form 3-177).
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