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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BG66 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Revision to the Section 4(d) Rule for the African Elephant 

This proposed rule would revise the rule for the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) promulgated under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The purpose is to: (1) Increase protection for African elephants in response to the recent rise in international trade of live African elephants from range countries by establishing ESA permit requirements and enhancement standards for trade in live African elephants, (2) clarify the existing enhancement requirement during our evaluation of the application for a permit to import African elephant sport-hunted trophies, and (3) incorporate a Party’s designation under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) National Legislation Project into the decisionmaking process for the import of live African elephants, African elephant sport-hunted trophies, and African elephant parts and products other than ivory.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17.40(e)   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 to 1407    16 U.S.C. 1531 to 1544    16 U.S.C. 4201 to 4245   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/17/2022  87 FR 68975   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/23/2023 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Naimah Aziz
Manager, Division of Management Authority
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
International Affairs, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3808
Phone:571 218-5019