New Laws on Selling Ivory Tusk Products

by ani.choudhary on April 14, 2014

Do you have heirlooms of ivory but don’t know what to do with them or want to sell them? Ivory has always been popular and it was in the 1800s and 1900s that it was a commonly used material for painting miniatures and sculpting a host of artifacts. The intricate carvings and delicate material made it a prized possession even then but most of the antique ivory sculptures were made from elephant ivory at that time.
Till 2014, selling pre-ban 1989 elephant ivory required the Special CITES approval for even the government to market ivory and all international shipments needed official certification. The reason was that there was no way to differentiate pre-1989 ivory and any ivory illegally bought or traded after the ban applied post that year.
As per new law that is being formulated, any dealing with elephant ivory is prohibited as per the latest news. Dealers, collectors and any other person that has inherited or purchased elephant ivory cannot sell it, trade or buy it. Basically, in America, everyone is banned from selling elephant ivory even if it is worth thousands of dollars and you have owned it for decades. However, 100 years old sculptures and artifacts that have proven provenance are exempt from this law.
However, mammoth ivory is completely legal and available for sale, purchase and trade in raw and finished forms. The reason is that wooly mammoths are extinct and no harm can be done by trade in mammoth ivory.

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