Notification to the Parties

No. 2000/003 Geneva, 31 January 2000



Stricter domestic measures concerning import and export of CITES specimens

1. The Secretariat has been requested by the CITES Management Authority of Israel to inform the Parties of its new regulations that impose stricter domestic measures concerning the import and export of CITES specimens. These new regulations include the following points.

2. Israel permits the import of only captive-bred specimens of wild species. The import of specimens taken from the wild is prohibited.

3. Each shipment must be covered by one permit. Split shipments are now prohibited.

4. Israeli importers and exporters of wildlife who have within a period of three years incurred three civil and/or criminal convictions of violating Israeli wildlife law are excluded from conducting any trade in wildlife, including trade in CITES specimens, for three years.

5. Israel treats all Appendix-I specimens in accordance with the provisions of Article III of the Convention. It does not normally apply the special provisions of Article VII for specimens bred in captivity. No species listed in CITES Appendix I may be imported for either commercial or private purposes. Certain non-commercial imports and exports of Appendix-I specimens, such as for wildlife conservation programmes or for approved zoological institutions, may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

6. Species traded under CITES quotas will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and a special permit may be issued in extraordinary circumstances.

7. Israel generally prohibits the export of its native wildlife. Exceptions are extremely rare and may be made, for example, for export on loan of a captive-bred specimen of an Israeli species for scientific purposes. Commercial export of Israeli wildlife is prohibited.

8. Israel has banned falconry and generally prohibits both import and export of specimens of Falconiformes spp. Exceptions are extremely rare and may be made, for example, in the case of imports or exports for reintroduction projects.

9. Israel has banned circuses and other travelling menageries, and does not permit the import of any animals, including CITES-listed species, associated with such operations.

10. Israel generally prohibits the import and export of all primates. Exceptions are extremely rare and may be made, for example, in the case of exports of seized animals to approved sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres.

11. Israel has banned all trade in poisonous plants and animals, including those listed in the CITES appendices.

12. Israel prohibits the import of any plant or animal, including those of species listed in the CITES appendices, which, in the opinion of the CITES Scientific Authority of Israel, may constitute an ecological nuisance or hazard if escaped specimens establish themselves as exotics.

13. Israel is in the process of preparing a list of species, including some listed in CITES Appendix II, of which specimens may be imported if they are captive-bred. Persons seeking to export CITES-listed captive-bred specimens to Israel are advised to contact the CITES Management Authority of Israel to learn whether the species concerned has been approved.

14. The Parties are requested to take note of the above information to assist in ensuring that persons interested in trading wildlife specimens to or from Israel are adequately informed.