USFWS and the Alaska State Council on the Arts Release Customs Guide for Alaska Native Crafts
In an effort to make it easier for tourists to find out if items they buy in Alaska are legal to take home, a guide has been published.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has teamed up with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and have published a Customs Guide on the Internet to help international tourists determine the legality of their Alaskan purchases.
The guide supplies customs information for several countries and a chrt to identify which species is legal to export to that country, as well as guidelines to what documentation if any is needed for their item. The guide also has a Q&A section to answer many of the frequently asked questions.
Alaskan handicrafts need to have been substantially altered or crafted to be considered legal, for instance, one cannot just drill a hole in a bear claw for example and string it on a chain.
“Most of the things you're going to buy in a shop are legal to purchase, but the question is, can you get them where you want to go? And this largely, though not exclusively, deals with ivory products from walrus ivory,” said Bruce Woods of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
Mammoth and Mastadon ivory is exempt from sale restrictions in the state because there are no restrictions or regulations on those extinct animal's remains.