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Re: [Killietalk] Legaly bringing fish from Canada to USA
I have the import license also and use it to bring fish over the border
(with Big John). A few things to keep in mind.
1. Fish & Wildlife have nothing to do with Customs - except they work out of
some -repeat- border crossings. Their regulations have nothing to do with
Free Trade or any other related program.
2. Wild fish or those commercial imports from most other countries have
something like only 5-10 ports-of-entry in the U.S. JFK (NYC) being the
closest I know for the Northeast - but most major Cities have this category
of Port of Entry. So all wild (including imported by commercial businesses)
or non-Canadian (which are mostly Florida fish farms) fish pretty much have
to be shipped through those ports to be legal.
3. There are 2 points of entry with Fish & Wildlife in the Northeast -
Champlain (Plattsburgh, NY) and Buffalo, NY. Every other crossing is under
those two and if the F&W agent is called to come and approve the fish - he
will charge you expenses. I know Bob in Champlain and he is a nice guy
face-to-face, but is a hardliner on the phone or if he has to travel - so
you better have a permit ($100 annual fee + import charges of $55 + $35
special charge other than 8am-4pm M-F). Bob covers all ports between New
Hampshire and Massena NY (perhaps Ogdensburg also).
4. Fish & Wildlife can be very easy to deal with as long as you work with
them. If your friends want to bring the fish across the border legally,
contact USF&W and make certain you have everything they need in their hands.
John and I go up to Montreal a few times a year and bring back large numbers
of fish $300+ at one time to minimize the costs/per fish.
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