The White House announcement an embargo on the new import of items containing elephant ivory, prohibiting its export except in the case of bona fide antiques. The statement read:
We will finalize a proposed rule that will reaffirm and clarify that sales across state lines are prohibited, except for bona fide antiques, and will prohibit sales within a state unless the seller can demonstrate an item was lawfully imported prior to 1990 for African elephants and 1975 for Asian elephants, or under an exemption document.
The ban on ivory was drawn up as part of the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, aimed at "strengthening domestic and global enforcement; reducing demand for illegally traded wildlife at home and abroad; and strengthening partnerships with international partners, local communities, NGOs, private industry and others to combat illegal wildlife poaching and trade." It was agreed to following several public ivory crushes in the U.S., France, China and the Phillippines.