Africa: CITES Suspension of Commercial Trade with Liberia Will Not Affect Hunting Trophies

In a bulletin posted on Jan. 23, we reported that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) maintained a suspension of commercial trade in CITES species with Liberia dating from 2016. We thought this issue might have been the reason for some problems with trophy shipments returned to Liberia, but it seems that this was not the case. At the SCI convention in Las Vegas in early Feb., we confirmed with US Fish & Wildlife Service officials that hunting trophies are not included in the commercial trade suspension.

Trophies with properly completed export documents are importable and will be cleared by US customs. Therefore, there should be no impediment to the importation of zebra duiker, which is listed on Appendix II of CITES, or any other trophies from Liberia.

All animals listed under CITES must have export permits from the country of origin. Trophies from Liberia hunts have been shipped to American clients over the past year, indicating that the country has issued proper documentation. We apologize for any confusion caused by our initial bulletin.