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    SCAPE Member Sr. SCAPEr ObeytheFish's Avatar
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    I'm going to the Philippines!

    i'll be staying near Manila towards the end of October.
    Anyone have suggestions of places worth visiting?

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    Try and find some stiphodons, those guys are awesome!

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    need to figure out how to bring back some fish & plants lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ObeytheFish View Post
    need to figure out how to bring back some fish & plants lol
    Exactly

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    I believe certain arowanas are listed within the endangered species act... careful what you post and please research proper ways to bring in animals and plants back to the US before doing so... Iím not 100% sure of current laws/regulations (as this isnít my field of LE), but am 100% sure you donít want drama with US Customs or CITES at this time in history.

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    There were some guys on so cali reefs who made national headlines trying to smuggle coral out of the Philippines. They had them stuffed into pringles containers and got fines of over 1,000 per coral. They had about 20 if memory serves correct.

    They avoided jail time but had an attorney already in their deck to assist.

    Make sure you research if you plan to bring anything back.

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    SCAPE Member Sr. SCAPEr ObeytheFish's Avatar
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    well i don't want to do anything illegal lol
    where can i look up the regulations?
    i would like to bring back some rare plants or anything that can't be found here

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    I would start with:
    https://www.cbp.gov/travel/clearing-...-united-states

    Within that write up is this listing:
    USDA/APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine Permit Unit at (301) 851-2046 or (877) 770-5990

    Again, I’m not knowledgeable about transportation of such, but above is a start ...a few calls and a little research may save you tons of regret...

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    I'll start there
    thank you!

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    Just to let you know anything native to the Philippines will be likely a no on shipping. The Philippines is usually strict on keeping native species in the Philippines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poke View Post
    Just to let you know anything native to the Philippines will be likely a no on shipping. The Philippines is usually strict on keeping native species in the Philippines.
    Makes sense, just take lots of pictures lol

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    There has to be a way to bring stuff back. People transport shrimp and fish all the time for those stupid contests.
    THE CAKE IS A LIE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenzu View Post
    There has to be a way to bring stuff back. People transport shrimp and fish all the time for those stupid contests.
    yeah i want to bring back some exclusiveness lol

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    I’m sure there is... and probably not as hard as we believe it to be... start with a call to US Customs ... and see where that takes you...you never know, it maybe no big deal... but I’d want be sure if I were you.... by the way, congrats, that sounds like an awesome trip!

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    Bringing back fish is easy, plants are a big no-no though without a phytosanitary certificate. You can bring back a small number of aquarium fish without a permit, you just declare them when you go through customs. There's always a risk that they'll tell you no, or that you'll have to wait around the airport forever while they get a specialist to verify you aren't bringing back any illegal fish (cold water fish, arowanas, snakeheads, etc). I've brought shrimp and fish back from both Taiwan and Thailand without any issue and I know others that do it fairly regularly. Each port of entry has their own rules, last I checked (a few years ago) 7 or less fish were officially ok without a permit, although I've brought back more than that. They didn't even ask how many I had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawndoc View Post
    Bringing back fish is easy, plants are a big no-no though without a phytosanitary certificate. You can bring back a small number of aquarium fish without a permit, you just declare them when you go through customs. There's always a risk that they'll tell you no, or that you'll have to wait around the airport forever while they get a specialist to verify you aren't bringing back any illegal fish (cold water fish, arowanas, snakeheads, etc). I've brought shrimp and fish back from both Taiwan and Thailand without any issue and I know others that do it fairly regularly. Each port of entry has their own rules, last I checked (a few years ago) 7 or less fish were officially ok without a permit, although I've brought back more than that. They didn't even ask how many I had.
    i was mostly interested in the plants lol
    but i'll definitely look into get some rare fish/shrimp back
    thanks for the info shawn

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