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Found 6 results

  1. Import of Restricted Fossils

    I'm curious about importing potentially restricted fossils and verifying provenance. I'm not sure if I'm overthinking it. Maybe someone with more experience can help me. I'll illustrate with an example. Various Caribbean nations like Cuba have banned the export of Megalodon teeth. Now, there are Cuban teeth in other collections that were obtained before that ban and exported legally. I found one in France. I spoke to the supplier, and he assures me that it's been acquired legally, from a private collection. What would I need to import that into Canada (or really any other country - I think the United States has similar)? It would be one thing if this tooth were in Cuba, and I would ask Cuba for permission and they would probably decline. In this case, the tooth is in France. Would I still talk to Cuba about this, or France, or both nations? What kind of documentation should the merchant provide me with to prove that it's been legally acquired, and what should he include with the shipment to prove to Customs that the tooth has been obtained legally? Is simply the seller's written word that it has been acquired from a private collection enough? These are complex legal questions and I've already contacted the appropriate authorities here in Canada to discuss them. Response times are slow right now, and in the meantime I would like to better understand how these things work. I won't take anything said here as legal advice - it's only for my information and I'd like to learn from your experiences navigating these laws.
  2. I'm from Canada and was partaking in a trade with another member of the Forums, from the United States. These are shark teeth. Canada Post informed me that these are prohibited for import into the United States from Canada. For instance, their guide notes that "Mineral Products" are prohibited: https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGIntDestDetails-e.asp?table=tblCountry&txtLetter=US This was a surprise to me. I know of countless Canadian businesses that ship (presumably legally) to the United States. Does it seem that the Canada Post agent (and myself) misunderstood what "Mineral Products means? I'm equally surprised because the only reference I've found to the import of fossils from Canada to the United States is, indeed, on Canada Post's site. USPS doesn't seem to reference this being illegal. United States Customs & Border Protection only seems to reference this in relation to the import of Cultural Products, whereas there doesn't appear to be a concern for "Mineral Products" per se. If anyone who has experience shipping from Canada to the United States could shed light on whether this is actually illegal or if there's some misunderstanding I'd appreciate it.
  3. WARNING! Fossil Exports from Morocco

    Well, i did hear a while ago that Morocco were thinking of becoming more serious on their 'cultural heritage' laws. I hope this is just an isolated case from the Spanish side and not the beginning of a trend. https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/01/291089/spanish-airport-moroccan-fossils/
  4. Fossil Export Laws - Morocco

    Hi guys, There are obviously a lot of fossils (shark teeth, etc.) in the US and elsewhere from Morocco. So I always assumed that they must have left Morocco legally. But I recently heard that exporting fossils is technically illegal in Morocco, just isn't enforced (except for scientifically significant finds) since it's important economically to a lot of poor people in the country. Can anyone confirm this, and if so, has this always been the case? Thanks.
  5. Hey! I have kind of an odd question. I am purchasing a fossil for a friend as a birthday gift -- between a tip of a mammoth tusk, or a section of mosasaur jaw with teeth. What makes this unique, however, is that we are traveling to the British Virgin Islands (from the United States) for said birthday and I would like to be able to gift the fossil on the birthday instead of waiting until she returns home as we live in different states and I would only be able to ship it to her house and not be there. I am concerned, however, about bringing the fossils with me on the trip as I have heard nightmares about customs causing long hold ups or seizing fossils. Does anyone have any advice on this? Thanks!
  6. I got one straight from China recently, and it is real.... so is export of them now legal? They are now readily available.
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