The purpose of CITES is to ensure that no species of wild fauna and flora becomes subject to unsustainable exploitation because of international trade.
CITES regulates international trade in specimens of the wild fauna and flora, i.e. export, re-export and import of live and dead animals and plants and of parts and derivatives thereof. The regulation is based on a system of permits and certificates which can be issued if certain conditions are met. Such documents have to be presented before consignments of specimens are allowed to leave or enter a country. Sweden signed the convention in August 1974 and the convention entered into force in July 1975.
Trade in Sweden and other EU member states
Generally, it is not allowed to use specimens of Annex A-listed species for primarily commercial purposes. This includes the purchase, offer to purchase, acquisition for commercial purposes, display to the public for commercial purposes, use for commercial gain, sale, keeping for sale, offering for sale and transporting for sale. This applies to both live and dead specimens, including all parts or derivatives thereof. Hybrid animals, where only one of the parents is a species listed in Annex A, are also subject to these controls. Sometimes, however, commercial trade in specimens of Annex A is allowed.
You can apply for an exemption to the prohibition, a so called CITES certificate.
In the right-hand column you can find more information about the rules that apply and what you need to do. You will also find the necessary application forms there.
Wildlife trade into and from the EU
Permits, certificates or notifications are required for trade to and from the EU (import, export, re-export) in animal or plant species listed in one of the four Annexes (Annex A, B, C and D) of Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97. The required documents will only be issued if certain conditions are met.
Specimens of Annex A species cannot be imported to be used for primarily commercial purposes.
In the right-hand column you can find more information about import and export, the rules that apply and what you need to do. You will also find the necessary application forms there.
Species with an import ban
There are certain species where the introduction into the European Union is restricted. This is done after consultation with the concerned countries of origin and after taking into account any opinion of the Scientific Review group.. The most recent Suspensions Regulation is available in the right hand column.