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CITES import and export

Import, export, and re-export of endangered animal and plant species between third countries and EU


For which species do the rules apply?

What is import?

What is export?

What is re-export?

What is the difference between permit, certificate, and notification?


Import of species listed in Annexes A and B

Import of wild-caught animals listed in Annex A is not allowed!

  • are to be used for breeding purposes with the aim of improving the species’ chance of survival
  • are to be used for research or education with the goal of conserving the species
  • are procured for important biomedical research. The animals shall belong to the only suitable species for the research in question and it shall not be possible to procure animals that are born or raised in captivity.

Import of species listed in Annex C

Import of species listed in Annex D

Export and re-export

Export and re-export of species in Annex A-C

  • that the specimen has been acquired legally
  • if the specimen was taken from its natural environment in another EU country, it was done so legally
  • for re-export, that the specimen was legally imported to the EU

Export and re-export of species in annex D

Marking and labelling

Simplified rules for import and export for businesses, institutions, and organizations

Certificate for mobile exhibition

Facilitated trade with biological samples and (re)export of dead specimens

Certificate for sample collection

General information

Import, export and re-export at designated customs offices

How do I apply for a CITES-permit?

Where do I send my application?

How long is a permit valid?

How long does the processing of the application take?

Additional restrictions for birds, eggs, etc.

The Swedish Animal Welfare Law

Veterinary permit for import into Sweden

Special information regarding CITES-listed plants