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If the items are elephant ivory there are current US laws that have to be considered.
African Elephant Ivory
It is illegal to import any item containing African-elephant ivory for commercial purposes.
However, some items containing African-elephant ivory — including musical instruments and items in an inheritance or a household move — may be imported for non-commercial purposes, but ONLY IF:
- The item is accompanied by a document from the exporting country attesting that it was acquired before 1976 (by the current or previous owner);
- It has not been bought or sold since February 25, 2014. Once in the United States, these items cannot subsequently be bought or sold.
Sale & Export
Items consisting of African-elephant ivory that are already in the United States can be sold within the country or exported only if they are accompanied by documentation attesting either that:
- The ivory was harvested prior to 1976; OR
- It was imported prior to 1976, before relevant CITES regulations had been enacted.
Asian Elephant Ivory
Import, Export, Sale Across State Lines
An item Asian-elephant ivory can be imported, exported, and sold across state lines ONLY IF it meets all of these criteria:
- It has not been repaired or modified with ivory or any other part of a federally protected species (as defined by the Endangered Species Act) since 1973;
- It is at least 100 years old;
- It was EITHER imported prior to 1982; or after 1982 through one of 13 ports specifically designated for antiques; OR the item was manufactured in the United States from legally imported ivory.
Sale Within States
An antique containing Asian-elephant ivory can be sold within a state ONLY IF it is accompanied by documentation from CITES certifying that it was imported prior to 1975.
The information on this page is current as of July 7, 2014.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Endangered Species Act Overview
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)