Sunday, October 14, 2012

U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Exotic Animal Skins and Wallets

Center of Border Protection
The Center of Border Protection (CBP) recently seized about 500 exotic animal skins and wallets at the Saint Theresa Port in New Mexico. Reports made by Port Director Joanne Thale-Lambo claimed that the incident was a "clear case of someone trying to circumvent the laws intended to protect wildlife."

On a late Thursday night on October 4, 2012, the driver of the vehicle made a negative declaration of any items in his truck at the border and managed to clear pass two security inspections. However, as Thale-Lambo reports, the truck was examined again and CBP officers recovered 332 python skins, six python skin wallets and five armadillo skin wallets- a $500 penalty for failure to declare. Immediately, the skins were turned over to the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fashion Legallaire's Assessment: A fashion lawyer must stay abreast with laws regarding imports and exports. For example, what products are legal or illegal for the commercial market.

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