An Introduction to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as it Relates to Your Shipment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a government agency whose mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the existence of the Nation’s flora, fish, and wildlife. They implement conservation initiatives and enforce federal laws that allow them to fulfill their objectives. If an individual or company wants to engage with wildlife in an academic or commercial manner, they typically request a permit from this office or hire a third-party organization to obtain the legally required documents.

As a bureau within the Department of Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for:

·      Enforcing federal wildlife laws

·      Protecting endangered species

·      Managing Migratory birds

·      Restoring nationally significant fisheries

·      Conserving and restoring wetlands and other wildlife habitats

·      Assisting foreign governments with their international conservation efforts

·      Distributing funding to State fish and wildlife agencies through their programs

At the core of protecting endangered species and enforcing federal wildlife laws permit programs. Permits allow the public to engage in appropriate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. They also ensure these activities are performed in a safe and beneficial way for all parties involved.

The best way to determine if you or your organization require a permit is by following the guideline on their website or calling Worldnet to assist you. A good rule of them is to remember most matters concerning animals, plants, and fish involve working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or one of their offices. If you are importing or exporting animals, flora, fish or their byproducts a permit is almost always required.  

Failure to acquire the proper permit can result in various penalties and violations such as fines up to $12,000 and federal prosecution. When shipping with Worldnet, shipments that contain regulated live animals and material of animal and plant origin, we practice standardized procedures to ensure all best practices are followed. It is our policy that we remain in compliance with all regulations to avoid delays, penalties, and violations.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or best practices shipping exotic materials, Worldnet has in-house specialists available 24/7 to provide the best solutions for you. Get in touch with us here.