The Complexities Of Importing Fur

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforces the laws of numerous agencies regarding the importing of products or materials into the country. One imported product that warrants quite a bit of regulating is fur and related products, which is a specialized business activity that is impacted by several different laws and regulations. A business in the Boston area that wants to import furs, or one that needs counseling on the importation of other products, will find it extremely beneficial to consult with the Paula M. Connelly Law Offices. She is a highly experienced and seasoned export and import lawyer whose impressive credentials are matched only by the satisfactory results she gets for her clients.

Critical Compliance Planning

An import lawyer provides import compliance planning for companies. A certificate of origin must first be issued by the exporting country. This identifies the source and let’s officials know if any tax exemptions or import duties apply. The company must also ask pertinent agencies in this country whether the product is allowed and what restrictions or requirements must be met.

How To Maintain Compliance With FPLA

The importation of fur garments must comply with the Fur Products Labeling Act (FPLA). Some of the requirements of the law are:

Labels must be durable, conspicuous and legible.

  • The animal’s identity must be correctly revealed.
  • Names must follow the listings in the Fur Products Name Guide.
  • The country where the animal comes from must be listed.
  • Cannot be labeled natural if it is bleached, dyed or artificially colored.
  • Textile or wool content must be given, along with content of coat lining.
  • It must be stated if fur is damaged or used
  • No deceptive descriptions.

The Guide lists the furs that are generally allowed, but other sources must be checked to make sure. For example, it is illegal to import the fur of endangered species. It is illegal to import or sell dog or cat fur in the United States.

Violations of the FPLA are subject to fines, and intentional or flagrant violations may be criminally charged. Certificates of compliance are filed with the FTC, which also enforces the provisions of the FPLA (16 C.F.R. Part 301).

Fur Importers Rely On Compliance Planning

The FPLA is complicated and difficult to follow. Add to that the maze of international trade agreements, domestic laws of the United States, endangered wildlife protections, and the dozens of other import-export procedures and protocol, and it is clear that a company would be lost without the services of an export and import lawyer. In the Boston area, fur importers and others are fortunate to have the services of Paula M. Connelly Law Offices, an experienced and knowledgeable export and import lawyer, whom you can reach at 781-897-1771.


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