Notification to the Parties
No. 1998/14 Geneva, 31 March 1998
Use of Code "F" on Permits and Certificates
1. The Secretariat has noticed that several Parties do not properly apply Resolution Conf. 10.2 vis à vis specimens for which the source is "F".
2. The code "F" is to be used for animals (or specimens derived therefrom) BORN in a controlled environment (as a result of a mating that occurred in a controlled environment) but not "bred in captivity" in accordance with the definition of this term in Resolution Conf. 10.16. Specimens covered by the code "F" may be first generation captive-bred (F1) or of any subsequent generation.
3. If the mating did not occur in a controlled environment (e.g. a specimen born in a controlled environment from a female taken in the wild when she was pregnant), the code to be used is "W" or, for specimens considered to be ranched (as defined in Resolution Conf. 10.18) "R".
4. When the source of a specimen of a species included in Appendix I is "F", the export, import or re-export must be in accordance with Article III of the Convention, i.e.:
- the purpose of the import must not be primarily commercial;
- an import permit has to be issued before the issuance of any export permit and, for live animals, any re-export certificate.
5. In fact, the procedure to be implemented for specimens of source "F" is exactly the same as that for specimens of source "W". This is valid for species included in Appendix I, II or III.
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