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So my GF has a lot of family in Colombia and so I am sure I will be going there a decent amount in the future. Possibly once a year or so. While I have no intentions yet of bringing anything back I was just wondering where to start when considering bringing animals or plants back. I have never dealt with importing/exporting before.

I found this documentation on importing animals
http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/newsroom/publications/travel/pets_wild.ctt/pets.pdf

Forms available in .pdf format through the Office of Law Enforcement

I also found the USDA site for plant import permits, USDA - APHIS - Plant Health, Plant Protection and Quarantine

I am having trouble finding anything about exporting from Colombia though. Does anyone know what their regulations are?

Like I said I dont actually have any intentions of bringing anything back currently. But since I know I will probably be going there a decent amount I figured it would be better to figure this out now then last minute if I DO decide to do some herp hunting over there lol.
 

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Colombia is extremely difficult. When I worked at the American Museum of Natural History we wanted to do an expedition to Colombia to collect arachnids. It took over a year of paperwork and 50% of the material had to remain in Colombia. No live arachnids were allowed. Also, my wife has a grad student from Colombia and I have been asking her about getting frogs. She said she even has difficulty getting permits for insects, so it really isn't worth it.
 

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Fortunately, Understory Enterprises has been working with some people in Colombia, they are offering CB truncatus now and will hopefully be offering other species sometime in the future.

I have family in Bogota and do a yearly trip myself... if you end up going through that city, be sure to stop at the Universidad de los Andes and see Professor Amezquita's collection, it is fantastic. Security at the school is pretty tight, so you'll have to call ahead and schedule your visit, but they were otherwise very welcoming about giving me a look.
 

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Oh cool! I will try to convince my GF to go to Bagota lol. Unfortunately i don't speak spanish so she needs to chaperone me everywhere.
 

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I recently watched a video about a beetle breeder in Colombia who exports farm raised beetles to Japan. Seemed he had a pretty sweet set up worked out with the local government.
 

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the japanese are crazy into beetles, they have stores just for them, of course, in a country where you can buy used undergarments in vending machines, nothing suprises me now....
 

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I always wanted to go to Japan, but even more now. :D
 
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