[ALERT]: New Inspection Guidelines for Imports of Hunting Trophies passing through Port of Atlanta

For enthusiastic hunters, hunting is more than just a mere hobby – it is a serious activity that is done with passion and precision. Before proceeding to one’s hunting trip, preparation is very important but what’s also equally important is to know all the necessary details and processes for the safe return of one’s hunting trophies.  Choosing a trustworthy and knowledgeable customs broker is key to helping you avoid any hassle with the importation process.

It’s impossible for someone who is not a customs broker to stay up to date about all the nuances that are involved. With that in mind, Gallagher wants to let you know that there are new inspection guidelines for all hunting trophies clearing or passing through the Atlanta Port. A physical inspection of all shipments is to be administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Agriculture (CBP/A) officers. During the inspection, an authorized representative should be present because the officers are not allowed to open the shipments. The representative is solely responsible for opening the crates and for presenting all items for inspection. However, physical inspection is no longer required for those shipments that are already dispatched to USDA-Approved Establishments for reprocessing. If for instance, no shipment can be presented for inspection, the CBP/A will then issue a VS 16-78 form (also known as the Report of Entry, Shipment of Restricted Imported Animal Products and Animal Byproducts and Other Material Form) mandating movement to a USDA-approved establishment.

This new policy was brought about as a result of various reports of hunting trophy shipments passing through the Atlanta port that had undeclared items and items that were deemed as “processed” but were actually not, hence alarming authorities. On one occasion, a taxidermist, from another state, received a hunting trophy shipment that had unprocessed and undeclared ostrich feet. This particular shipment passed through the Atlanta port. The taxidermist then notified the headquarters of the USDA of this incident, expressing concern on how the shipment should have been sent to a USDA-approved establishment. These prompted authorities to increase security with the intent of making sure all shipments are legal, safe and processed.

We still recommend importing hunting trophies via Atlanta

Please note that there is nothing wrong with sending shipments through the Atlanta port (in fact, it the most frequently used port for importing hunting trophies due to it being a Delta hub). There is no additional documentation or steps required, rather, the officials are just taking extra steps to ensure that all the standard steps are being followed.

Gallagher is a reliable and experienced U.S. customs broker that has experience importing hunting trophies. We will work diligently to ensure they arrive at your doorstep without any problem.  Gallagher will be the one to send authorized representatives to the airlines in Atlanta to open the shipments, present the items for inspection and to be of assistance until inspection of the shipments is complete. Your broker will coordinate with the CBP/A Officers on what shipments will be inspected on what specific dates. A reliable customs broker can indeed help make your life a lot easier. Call Gallagher at 303-365-1000 or email us