​Fossil export process

Ivory on a pallet in the bed of a truck

Exporting raw, uncarved or unaltered fossil tusks or ivory fossils from Canada, for scientific or commercial purposes, requires a permit from the Canada Border Services Agency under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

Permits are issued only after the Yukon Palaeontologist, who acts as the Expert Examiner for Yukon, has examined the fossil ivory.

Fossil ivory with cultural and/or scientific significance or national significance is not eligible for export.

How to apply to export a fossil

The Government of Canada manages permits to export fossils. To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Contact the Yukon Palaeontology program to report found fossils and to declare your intention to export.
  2. As Expert Examiner, the Yukon Palaeontologist, will inspect the fossils and ivory to make a determination of significance.
  3. Fill out an application for an export permit from Canada Border Services Agency.
  4. Send your completed export permit application and Expert Examiner's determination to Canada Border Services Agency. Please call 867-667-3944 or visit Suite 110, 300 Main St., Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2B5.
  5. Canada Border Services Agency will send your permit to you. If your permit is denied, please contact Government of Canada to learn about the appeals process.
  6. Before shipping, properly package fossils for transport to ensure they are received undamaged.

Contact the Yukon Palaeontology program:

Phone: 867-667-8089 or 867-667-8880
Toll Free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8089 or 8880
Cell: 867-332-8980 or 867-332-8981
E-mail: grant.zazula@gov.yk.ca or elizabeth.hall@gov.yk.ca or heritage.resources@gov.yk.ca