Guide

Importing animal furs, skins and fish

Countries from which furs can be imported legally

Controlled species can only be imported legally from certain countries:

Permitted animal fur imports by country

Approved country of origin Species that may be imported
Belize Procyon lotor
Bulgaria Canis lupus
Canada Canis latrans
Canis lupus
Castor canadensis
Felis rufus (also called Lynx rufus
Lutra canadensis (also called Lontra canadensis)
Lynx canadensis
Martes americana
Martes pennanti
Mustela erminea
Ondatra zibethicus
Procyon lotor
Taxidea taxus
Czech Republic Canis lupus
Mustela erminea
Ondatra zibethicus
El Salvador Procyon lotor
Greenland Canis lupus
Hungary Mustela erminea
Ondatra zibethicus
Jordan Canis lupus
Lebanon Canis lupus
Mexico Canis lupus
Canis latrans
Castor canadensis
Felis rufus (also called Lynx rufus)
Ondatra zibethicus
Procyon lotor
Taxidea taxus
Moldova Canis lupus
Mustela erminea
Nicaragua Procyon lotor
Norway Canis lupus
Mustela erminea
Ondatra zibethicus
Pakistan Canis lupus
Mustela erminea
Panama Procyon lotor
People's Republic of China Canis lupus
Martes zibellina
Mustela erminea
Ondatra zibethicus
Poland Canis lupus
Martes zibellina
Mustela erminea
Ondatra zibethicus
Republic of Korea Martes zibellina
Canis lupus
Republic of Slovenia Canis lupus
Ondatra zibethicus
Romania Canis lupus
Russian Federation Canis lupus
Martes zibellina
Mustela erminea
Ondatra zibethicus
Procyon lotor
Slovak Republic Canis lupus
Martes zibellina
Mustela erminea
   
Turkey Canis lupus
USA Canis latrans
Canis lupus
Castor canadensis
Felis rufus (also called Lynx rufus)
Lutra canadensis (also called Lontra canadensis)
Lynx canadensis
Martes americana
Martes pennanti
Mustela erminea
Ondatra zibethicus
Procyon lotor
Taxidea taxus

Although it isn't an approved country of origin, Costa Rica is permitted to issue re-export certification for furs from the listed species that have originated in one of the approved countries.

Certification from Costa Rica must clearly identify both the approved-source country and the species of animal from which the furs originated.

Directive 98/58/EC is in place in the European Union to ensure that animals bred for their fur are treated humanely. The rules include housing, freedom of movement, feeding and watering requirements, and staff qualifications. Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 seeks to minimize the pain and suffering of animals during slaughter through the use of proper, approved stunning and killing methods. Furs without acceptable certification should be detained.

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