I should have done my research, checked my facts and somehow the whole situation made me feel like I’m one of those that smuggled endangered species in their suitcases or pants. Of course I didn’t do any of that, in fact I have not left my seat. I simply purchased beads online and patiently waiting for it to arrive and only to find out that it is in transit, Clearance delay in Anchorage, AK. The FedEx tried to contact me, and I’m on the other line trying to reach them.
I have never been to Anchorage, Alaska before, the thought of the cold weather made me think that people there are more uptight but surprisingly the FedEx Eco Import Coordinator was exceptionally nice, to make a long story short I was told that one of the beads that I have purchased is Sea Shell Bead and the Federal Fish and Wildlife will not release the shipment unless I have a license to Import/Export wildlife products since it falls into the category of endangered species. So the Sea shell beads that I purchased a little over $2 will now cost me $100 having to apply for the Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit. The logic is just not there, I asked if they could just remove the sea shell beads since they have already opened my package. They possibly could but my name will be on the blacklist and anything that I purchase in the future will be scrutinized and might get in trouble with custom.
If only I could turn back time, lesson learned on my part, and I’m only blogging about this so that others will not make the same mistake. The shipment is coming from China, and I didn’t buy the beads because I support the products made there, even if I had made my purchase at my local bead shops, almost all their products come from China. I know this because I have paid for the overpriced beads. So now I’m licensed to Import/Export wildlife or wildlife products.
The most exotic thing that I see around here is my passion flower, it finally bloomed today.
Photos were taken with Canon T2i and EF50mm f/1.4 lens.