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Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

Leamington, Canada
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Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

Wife was looking at Alligator purse at high end shop in Playa and the shop owner told her it was totally legal to bring back to Canada. I have searched Canada Customs site but can't find an answer. She is bound and determined to buy an alligator purse next year but I am very concerned about her losing it and the $$$ she spent on our return.

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1. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

Are alligators an endangered species? I dont think so but I'd rather not guess.

If it's not listed on the Canadian customs site as a prohibited item - and you found a list of prohibited items there - you should be safe. If you were unable to find any list of prohibited items, I would keep checking...

Stores in NYC sell alligator handbags (theyre $1000s) so theyre not considered endangered or prohibited here.

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2. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

You better be sure they are REALLY alligator...The shop owners will tell you anything to sell an item.

This is all I could find:

There are some things you might buy as souvenirs that you can't bring into Canada. For example, it is illegal to bring back

anything made of crocodile or python skin,

ivory bracelets or carvings, coral jewelry,

tortoise shells, orchids, or parrots.

These things may be made from endangered species. Canada has signed an international treaty called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which tries to prevent trade in products made from more than 30,000 species of endangered wild animals and plants.

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3. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

We should sell California to Canada.

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4. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

Why would you want an alligator purse? I would suggest reading this regarding if it is legal or not

endangeredspecieshandbook.org/trade_reptile_…

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5. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

Thank you nevera.

Orillia, Canada
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6. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

My "gut feeling" is that what you're planning on doing is illegal.

I just feel that attempting to import an alligator purse into Canada will result in questioning, detainment and federal charges on importation of an illegal item.

I can't say if the above is true or perhaps not but I know that I personally wouldn't take the risk. If it is true, your entry into Canada the next time will put you under extreme scrutiny. Why risk it?

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7. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

Just don't ask about any Swim with the Gator info or you will get inundated with Netflix recommendations. ;)

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8. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

and do not get your pic taken with it either or lookout !!!

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9. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

Tanned hides and skin are allowed into Canada from other countries.

www.beaware.gc.ca/english/brirape.shtml#a5

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10. Re: Bringing Alligator purse back to Canada

I would call Customs and ask them if you can't find anything on the website. Better to be safe than sorry.