CHAMPLAIN, N. Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say a shipment of fur coats, valued at $76,736, was seized earlier this month near Champlain, New York.
Officers say a shipment of 16 fur coats consisting of mink, fox, chinchilla and sable arrived from Canada on June 12.
According to CBP, the furs didn’t have the required documentation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also got involved.
“The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. Enforcing the laws related to the international trade of animals and animal products, is an important part of our mission,” Champlain Area Port Director Steven Bronson said.
International trade in species is illegal unless authorized by a permit. According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or CITES, a list of prohibited items include whale teeth, ivory, tortoise shell, reptile, fur skins, coral, and birds.