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WHAT IS CITES?             

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) 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.The effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation. CITES was conceived in the spirit of such cooperation. Today, it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 35,000 species of animals and plants. 

HOW CITES WORKS?

The species covered by CITES are listed in three Appendices, according to the degree of protection they need. (For additional information on the number and type of species covered by the Convention click here.)

Appendices I, II Y III

Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction. Trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances.

  1. An export permit or re-export certificate issued by the Management Authority of the State of export or re-export is also required.
  2. An export permit may be issued only if the specimen was legally obtained; the trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species; and an import permit has already been issued.


Appendix II includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.

  1. An export permit or re-export certificate issued by the Management Authority of the State of export or re-export is required.
  2. An export permit may be issued only if the specimen was legally obtained and if the export will not be detrimental to the survival of the species.


Appendix III contains species that are protected in at least one country, which has asked other CITES Parties for assistance in controlling the trade. Changes to Appendix III follow a distinct procedure from changes to Appendices I and II, as each Party’s is entitled to make unilateral amendments to it.

  1. In the case of trade from a State that included the species in Appendix III, an export permit issued by the Management Authority of that State is required. This may be issued only if the specimen was legally obtained.
  2. In the case of export from any other State, a certificate of origin issued by its Management Authority is required
  3. In the case of re-export, a re-export certificate issued by the State of re-export is required.

 

An example :

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Spanish Cedar (Cedrela Odorata) :  You can see that this wood appears in the list of protected species, precisely in Appendix III. This means that only can be sold without certificate cites in the country that was purchased. We guarantee that all our timber only is purchased on dealers with FSC Certified and is completely legal. For more information about our timber you can see it here.

 

 

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