- Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP19) Permits and certificates
- Resolution Conf. 5.10 (Rev. CoP15) Definition of ‘primarily commercial purposes’
- Resolution Conf. 9.6 (Rev. CoP19) Trade in readily recognizable parts and derivatives
- Resolution Conf. 10.21 (Rev. CoP19) Transport of live specimens
- Resolution Conf. 11.3 (Rev. CoP19) Compliance and Enforcement
Any specific questions related to trade in specimens of CITES-listed species should be addressed to the national CITES Management Authorities of the exporting or the importing country; see the webpage on the national CITES Authorities for the contact information. The CITES Secretariat will generally refer any specific queries to the authorities as solely responsible for the implementation of the Convention. Any general questions related to the interpretation of the Convention can be addressed to the CITES Secretariat.
Types of permits and certificates used under normal procedures
CITES purpose and source codes
Secretariat services regarding permits
Parties may use simplified procedures to issue permits and certificates to facilitate and expedite trade that will have a negligible impact, or none, on the conservation of the species concerned, for instance:
- where biological samples are urgently required;
- for the issuance of pre-Convention certificates in accordance with Article VII, paragraph 2;
- for the issuance of certificates of captive breeding or artificial propagation in accordance with Article VII, paragraph 5, or for the issuance of export permits or re-export certificates in accordance with Article IV for specimens referred to in Article VII, paragraph 4; and
- in other cases where a Management Authority considers the use of simplified procedures merited;
The recommendations on the use of simplified procedures are contained in section XIII and Annex 4 of Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP18). At its 73rd meeting, the CITES Standing Committee endorsed the Guidance on the use of the scientific exchange exemption and the simplified procedures to issue permits and certificates. The guidance is available here.
At CoP19, the Conference of the Parties adopted Decision 19.160 requesting the Standing Committee to consider the need for further mechanisms to facilitate the efficient movement of wildlife samples for diagnostic and/or conservation purposes and the non-commercial movement of musical instruments.
Under CITES, Parties are working to develop and implement electronic permit (eCITES) aimed to improve the implementation of the convention by using modern information and communication technologies. The CITES Secretariat and UNCTAD are assisting Parties in these efforts. See more on the dedicated webpage.
Notifications to the Parties
- Notification to the Parties 2021/010 – CITES permits and certificates: Samples of permits and certificates, signature specimens and transition towards e-permitting systems
- Notification to the Parties 2019/065 - Universal tagging system for the identification of crocodilian skins
- Notification to the Parties 2001/003 – CITES permits and certificates – Involvement of the Secretariat
- Notification to the Parties 1999/27 – Confirmation of permits – Decisions of the Standing Committee