Annual illegal trade report

At its 17th meeting (CoP17, Johannesburg, 2016), the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) decided to introduce a new CITES illegal trade report by inserting paragraph 3 in Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17) on National reports. The Conference of the Parties in paragraph 3:

       3.    URGES all Parties, commencing in 2017, to submit an annual illegal trade report by 31 October each year covering actions in the preceding year and in accordance with the report format distributed by the Secretariat, as may be amended by the Secretariat from time to time with the concurrence of the Standing Committee.

The annual illegal trade report is mandatory, but not subject to compliance procedures. Each annual illegal trade report should cover the period 1 January to 31 December.

The annual illegal trade report should be sent to the CITES Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, preferably by email. Only the following email address must be used for this purpose: reporting@cites.org

The standard format for the CITES annual illegal trade report in Excel is available here. The annual illegal trade report should, where possible, be submitted in electronic format (ideally in electronic tabular form, such as tables within Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word documents). Submission of PDF files should preferably be avoided as these cannot be easily converted.

At its 69th meeting (SC69, Geneva, November 2017), the Standing Committee adopted the Guidelines for the preparation and submission of the CITES annual illegal trade report, including a sample reporting format.

The annual illegal trade report should be submitted to the Secretariat by 31 October of the year following the year to which it relate, i.e. the first annual illegal trade report was due on 31 October 2017, covering data from 2016.