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Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)

​​​​​​​CITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Jersey is a signatory to CITES through the UK government.

International trade in specimens of selected species is subject to certain controls. In Jersey these controls are covered by local legislation, the Endangered Species (CITES) (Jersey) Law 2012, which came into force on 3 August 2012.

The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including:

  • food products
  • exotic leather goods
  • wooden musical instruments
  • timber
  • tourist curios
  • medicines

The levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species is even bringing some close to extinction.

All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorised through a permitting system which in Jersey is administered by the Department of the Environment.

Import / export permits

If you want to import or export a species, or a part or derivative of an animal or plant that is listed under the CITES convention, you must apply to the Department of the Environment for the appropriate permit.

Permits are needed for CITES listed specimens going between the Channel Islands, to and from the UK, to and from the EU or the rest of the world. We are happy to check the list for you.

If you try to move a specimen, even in error, without the appropriate permit, the receiving country may well confiscate it.

Allow 3 weeks for application forms to be processed.

Download this application form, complete and return to

Permit fees

The fees for the Department to issue permits and certificates are as follows:

Permit Fee to issue (Article 19) Fee to alter / revoke a condition (Article 26) Fee to replace (Article 29)
Export permit £39.30 £22.50 £22.50
Import permit  £39.30 £22.50 £22.50
Re-export certificate £39.30 £22.50 £22.50
Introduction from the sea certificate £39.30 £22.50 £22.50
Certificate of origin £39.30 £22.50 £22.50
Certificate of captive breeding £39.30 £22.50 £22.50
Certificate of artificial​ ​propagation £39.30 £22.50 £22.50
Pre-convention certificate £39.30 £22.50 £22.50
Travelling exhibition certificate £39.30 £22.50 £22.50

In certain circumstances fees can be reduced.  In particular, a fee of £39.30 is required for each application for a single specimen or any number of specimens as long as they:

  • are of the same species (in the case of animals other than corals) or genus (in the case of plants and corals) and
  • have the same source code and purpose code and
  • are to be transported between the same importer and exporter

In the case of travelling exhibitions the specimens form part of one travelling exhibition.

Further information is available on the CITES Policy note below.

CITES Policy note 1 - fees 

Can these fees be waived?

An applicant can make an application to have the fees waivered if they are able to demonstrate the purpose of the import, export or re-export of specimens of a species referred to in the application is likely to bring conservation benefits to the species. To apply to waive fees fill in and return form A below prior to making your application.

CITES Policy note 1 - form A 

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