Post by thejsonboss on May 18, 2021 18:01:43 GMT -8
Is anyone aware of laws regarding export of specimens from El salvador? I have in laws there who tell me that it's legal to collect, but do not know of any export permits required. It would be for personal purposes.
Post by nomihoudai on May 18, 2021 19:45:22 GMT -8
I have sent you the email of what looks to be the largest exporter of butterfly pupae and dried specimen in El Salvador since over 15 years. Maybe they can answer your questions or help you.
Every country has different laws on different levels. For example Costa Rica does have official butterfly breeders/houses and they do export large amounts of butterfly pupae under government licenses, but, if the MINAE ( Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía) catches you as a private person you will have a hard time and risk large fines and potentially jail depending on what you did.
Also the information that local people give you can be conflicting. My Indian friends knew that I like butterflies and they told me that they as kids would like to catch them. But according to law you risk huge fines as they are protected. It's not enforced on local children, but on Westerners at the airport it will be when found out.
In any case I think that your issues will be less from the El Salvadorian side, it will be from USFWS. You will need form 3-177 for imports and I think there was a yearly license associated with it that you need to purchase.
Post by wingedwishes on May 18, 2021 20:15:34 GMT -8
If all for personal use then USFW may elect to not charge a permit as you would not be commercial. File form 3-177 and call them. To me, they were helpful with a delivery from China.
Good vendors from whom I've had good experiences: Insect Collectors Shop Bill Oehlke Green Hills Butterfly Ranch Insect-Sale Chuck Ianni Dr. Defreina Ken Thorne Insect Collector Shop Girardy's Chuck Limmer