16 U.S.C. § 3372 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 16. Conservation § 3372. Prohibited acts




Offenses other than marking offenses

It is unlawful for any person--

 to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase any fish or wildlife or plant taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any law, treaty, or regulation of the United States or in violation of any Indian tribal law;

 to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce--

 any fish or wildlife taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any law or regulation of any State or in violation of any foreign law;

 any plant--

 taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any law or regulation of any State, or any foreign law, that protects plants or that regulates--

 the theft of plants;

 the taking of plants from a park, forest reserve, or other officially protected area;

 the taking of plants from an officially designated area;  or

 the taking of plants without, or contrary to, required authorization;

 taken, possessed, transported, or sold without the payment of appropriate royalties, taxes, or stumpage fees required for the plant by any law or regulation of any State or any foreign law;  or

 taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any limitation under any law or regulation of any State, or under any foreign law, governing the export or transshipment of plants;  or

 any prohibited wildlife species (subject to subsection (e) of this section);

 within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States (as defined in section 7 of Title 18)--

 to possess any fish or wildlife taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any law or regulation of any State or in violation of any foreign law or Indian tribal law, or

 to possess any plant--

 taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any law or regulation of any State, or any foreign law, that protects plants or that regulates--

 the theft of plants;

 the taking of plants from a park, forest reserve, or other officially protected area;

 the taking of plants from an officially designated area;  or

 the taking of plants without, or contrary to, required authorization;

 taken, possessed, transported, or sold without the payment of appropriate royalties, taxes, or stumpage fees required for the plant by any law or regulation of any State or any foreign law;  or

 taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any limitation under any law or regulation of any State, or under any foreign law, governing the export or transshipment of plants;  or

 to attempt to commit any act described in paragraphs (1) through (3).

Marking offenses

It is unlawful for any person to import, export, or transport in interstate commerce any container or package containing any fish or wildlife unless the container or package has previously been plainly marked, labeled, or tagged in accordance with the regulations issued pursuant to paragraph (2) of section 3376(a) of this title.

Sale and purchase of guiding and outfitting services and invalid licenses and permits

Sale

It is deemed to be a sale of fish or wildlife in violation of this chapter for a person for money or other consideration to offer or provide--

 guiding, outfitting, or other services;  or

 a hunting or fishing license or permit;

for the illegal taking, acquiring, receiving, transporting, or possessing of fish or wildlife.

Purchase

It is deemed to be a purchase of fish or wildlife in violation of this chapter for a person to obtain for money or other consideration--

 guiding, outfitting, or other services;  or

 a hunting or fishing license or permit;

for the illegal taking, acquiring, receiving, transporting, or possessing of fish or wildlife.

False labeling offenses

It is unlawful for any person to make or submit any false record, account, or label for, or any false identification of, any fish, wildlife, or plant which has been, or is intended to be--

 imported, exported, transported, sold, purchased, or received from any foreign country;  or

 transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Nonapplicability of prohibited wildlife species offense

In general

Subsection (a)(2)(C) of this section does not apply to importation, exportation, transportation, sale, receipt, acquisition, or purchase of an animal of a prohibited wildlife species, by a person that, under regulations prescribed under paragraph (3), is described in paragraph (2) with respect to that species.

Persons described

A person is described in this paragraph, if the person--

 is licensed or registered, and inspected, by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service or any other Federal agency with respect to that species;

 is a State college, university, or agency, State-licensed wildlife rehabilitator, or State-licensed veterinarian;

 is an accredited wildlife sanctuary that cares for prohibited wildlife species and--

 is a corporation that is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of Title 26 and described in sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of such title;

 does not commercially trade in animals listed in section 3371(g) of this title, including offspring, parts, and byproducts of such animals;

 does not propagate animals listed in section 3371(g) of this title;  and

 does not allow direct contact between the public and animals;  or

 has custody of the animal solely for the purpose of expeditiously transporting the animal to a person described in this paragraph with respect to the species.

Regulations

Not later than 180 days after December 19, 2003, the Secretary, in cooperation with the Director of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, shall promulgate regulations describing the persons described in paragraph (2).

State authority

Nothing in this subsection preempts or supersedes the authority of a State to regulate wildlife species within that State.

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out subsection (a)(2)(C) of this section $3,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2004 through 2008.

Plant declarations

Import declaration

Effective 180 days from the date of enactment of this subsection, and except as provided in paragraph (3), it shall be unlawful for any person to import any plant unless the person files upon importation a declaration that contains--

 the scientific name of any plant (including the genus and species of the plant) contained in the importation;

 a description of--

 the value of the importation;  and

 the quantity, including the unit of measure, of the plant;  and

 the name of the country from which the plant was taken.

Declaration relating to plant products

Until the date on which the Secretary promulgates a regulation under paragraph (6), a declaration relating to a plant product shall--

 in the case in which the species of plant used to produce the plant product that is the subject of the importation varies, and the species used to produce the plant product is unknown, contain the name of each species of plant that may have been used to produce the plant product;

 in the case in which the species of plant used to produce the plant product that is the subject of the importation is commonly taken from more than one country, and the country from which the plant was taken and used to produce the plant product is unknown, contain the name of each country from which the plant may have been taken;  and

 in the case in which a paper or paperboard plant product includes recycled plant product, contain the average percent recycled content without regard for the species or country of origin of the recycled plant product, in addition to the information for the non-recycled plant content otherwise required by this subsection.

Exclusions

Paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not apply to plants used exclusively as packaging material to support, protect, or carry another item, unless the packaging material itself is the item being imported.

Review

Not later than two years after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall review the implementation of each requirement imposed by paragraphs (1) and (2) and the effect of the exclusion provided by paragraph (3).  In conducting the review, the Secretary shall provide public notice and an opportunity for comment.

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date on which the Secretary completes the review under paragraph (4), the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report containing--

 an evaluation of--

 the effectiveness of each type of information required under paragraphs (1) and (2) in assisting enforcement of this section;  and

 the potential to harmonize each requirement imposed by paragraphs (1) and (2) with other applicable import regulations in existence as of the date of the report;

 recommendations for such legislation as the Secretary determines to be appropriate to assist in the identification of plants that are imported into the United States in violation of this section;  and

 an analysis of the effect of subsection (a) and this subsection on--

 the cost of legal plant imports;  and

 the extent and methodology of illegal logging practices and trafficking.

Promulgation of regulations

Not later than 180 days after the date on which the Secretary completes the review under paragraph (4), the Secretary may promulgate regulations--

 to limit the applicability of any requirement imposed by paragraph (2) to specific plant products;

 to make any other necessary modification to any requirement imposed by paragraph (2), as determined by the Secretary based on the review;  and

 to limit the scope of the exclusion provided by paragraph (3), if the limitations in scope are warranted as a result of the review.


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