(NEW YORK) - Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has announced its latest publication in their Essential Guide series, “The Essential Guide to the U.S. Trade in Materials from Plant and Wildlife Products”, co-published with The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA). Readers will learn what is required to import and export these goods.
The Guide includes information that jewelry manufacturers must be familiar with and follow, including:
- Important laws governing the trade in protected species
- USFWS import/export license and filing declarations
- Exemptions for jewelry retailers and collectors
- Obtaining permits and filing declarations
- Penalties and fines
- State laws regarding endangered species
Compliance with these legal standards will protect vulnerable species and help you to avoid enforcement actions. Violations of these laws can result in seizures or significant penalties, including costly fines and possible jail time.
The new guide can be accessed via JVC’s website, www.jvclegal.org.
JVC delivered a seminar on this topic at the AGTA GemFair in Tucson, AZ titled, “Managing the Menagerie: Compliant Use of Wildlife Products in Jewelry”. The seminar was presented with US Fish and Wildlife agents who described the regulations that industry members must know and answered questions.
Jewelers Vigilance Committee, founded in 1917, is a not-for-profit legal trade association fulfilling its mission to maintain the jewelry industry’s highest ethical standards. JVC offers dispute mediation and arbitration services for trade and consumers, compliance monitoring and precious metals testing, among many other services. JVC, long considered the industry’s guardian of ethics and integrity is a resource for the entire jewelry industry and its customers as well as an industry representative before government agencies, media and adjunct fields.