To order call    1.800.206.6544 (Canada / US)   +1.416.232.0376 (International).     $75 order minimum

PLEASE NOTE:  Effective November 1, 2012, all new orders of this product will be handled by the new Canadian company Polar Art & Exotics, Inc. in Toronto which will specialize in products from the Canadian North. 

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Walrus Tusks

We usually have a number of walrus tusks available.  The Price varies with size, weight, and condition.

Walrus are legally hunted for food by the Inuit in northern Canada.  The walrus hunt also offers a strong bonding experience for members of the community.  Tusks that are not used in the local communities for arts and crafts are often available for sale in Canada or for export with the proper permits to most countries other than the United States.  There is no commercial hunting of walrus.  Our tusks come from five different communities in the Canadian arctic, including Clyde River and Broughton Island. Most of the tusks come from Igloolik and Hall Beach. Approximately 200 walrus tusks come down from the north each year.

We can get walrus complete skulls with tusks and the lower jaw.  There are usually about 5 to 6 of these brought down from the arctic each year by the supply ship at the end of summer.  Expect to pay US$2,000 to US$3,500 each.


Gallery of Individual Tusks for Sale

 

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Ordering and Payment Terms

For international orders, we require either payment in full or a US$500.00 non-refundable deposit by wire transfer on all orders prior to us obtaining an export permit.  We will fill out the Canadian CITES application and obtain the CITES export permit from Fisheries & Oceans in Canada.  The balance is due prior to us shipping the tusk.  The CITES permit is generally valid for export from Canada for three months from the time of issue.  If the tusk is not shipped prior to expiration of the permit, the permit must be returned to the Canadian CITES authorities to be cancelled.  Failure to pay within 45 days of our informing you that we have received the export permit will result in our cancellation of your order and the loss of your deposit and your ability to order from us again.

Sales within Ontario

No additional paperwork or documentation is required for the sale of tusks delivered within Ontario.  HST is applicable within Ontario.  All sales within Ontario will have the following statement on the invoice:  Not for export from Ontario without proper permits.

Sales within Canada

An inter-provincial transportation permit is required to ship tusks from Ontario to other provinces or territories (even if picked up at our office in Toronto).  HST will be charged on all shipments within Canada.  A US$500.00 non-refundable deposit is required prior to us obtaining transportation permits.  Payment in full is required prior to shipping.  Failure to pay within 45 days of our informing you that we have received the transportation permit will result in our cancellation of your order and the loss of your deposit and your ability to order from us again.

Export Controls from Canada

Walrus are marine mammals and are subject to CITES import/export control.  The Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, issues all export permits for walrus tusks from Ontario.  It usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to obtain a CITES export permit. 

Import Controls in Your Country

No shipments to the United States are permitted because of restrictions imposed by the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.  We will not sell tusks in Ontario to U.S. residents if we believe they intend to smuggle them back into the U.S.

Commercial shipments to the European Union are becoming increasingly restrictive.  Personal shipments are generally permitted.  To save time and effort, please check with your CITES officials before ordering from us.

Shipments to Switzerland and Norway are permitted with proper CITES documentation.

Shipments to most Asian, Latin American, and African countries are permitted with proper CITES documentation.

The Canadian CITES authorities make the following statement on letters to us accompanying the permit:  "Although your shipment meets Canadian CITES export requirements, please be advised that some countries have enacted additional legislation that is more stringent than that of CITES.  It is your responsibility to ensure that the importing and export requirements of the (country) have been met.  Failure to do so may result in seizure of your shipment."

If you fail to ensure that you can legally import a tusk, we will not be responsible for the seizure of any shipment.  Please make appropriate inquires with your authorities prior to ordering from us.  This is not an impulse purchase.

Shipping

The tusks are shipped in boxes. 

Shipments within Canada will be by Canada Post.  If you provide us with your postal code, we can provide you with an estimated shipping cost.  All sales within Canada are subject to the appropriate federal and provincial taxes.

All international shipments are sent freight collect.  The tusks must be shipped by a freight forwarder because the permits need to be stamped by Canada Customs prior to leaving Canada and stamped again upon entry into your country.  We cannot ship tusks by mail.  Shipping costs vary with the size of the tusk and destination.  Expect to pay about US$300.00 for freight charges.  This charge included pick up from our office, CITES export processing with Canada Customs, air freight, and insurance.  All of the charges were minimum fees, so larger tusks or multiple tusks should not be much different.  You may wish to see about doing your own customs clearance to save money.  You may have to pay for a veterinarian inspection to inspect the CITES paperwork.  Expect to pay VAT as well.

To save money, you may wish to combine a walrus tusk purchase with a narwhal tusk.

Care of the Tusks

Rub the tusk with VaselineTM every now and then to prevent it from drying out.  The tusks will crack if they are allowed to dry out.

Genus and Species

Genus and species:  Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus.

Nearly all of the walrus tusks come from animals that were killed by local hunters for food, not for the tusk alone.  The government of Canada restricts the number of walrus.

What is CITES?

CITES is the abbreviation for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.  Nearly all countries belong to CITES (holdouts include places like North Korea).  The goal of CITES is to regulate the trade in species that are under threat somewhere in the world.  The commercial trade in some animals or products made from those animals is completely prohibited (e.g., pandas and tigers).  Others are permitted, but the trade is monitored (most items covered under CITES), and a few are listed by one or more countries that want to monitor trade in a specific animal or product (e.g., crested porcupines in Ghana or abalone in South Africa).  All marine mammals are regulated by CITES--even if they are not considered endangered.  See the official CITES website at www.cites.org for more information.