U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE NOTICE ON CERTAIN CITES REGULATED SPECIES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) requires each CITES Party country to designate a Management Authority and a Scientific Authority for, among other things, issuance of CITES documents. The treaty also requires each non-Party country to have competent authorities that can issue comparable CITES documentation. U.S. CITES regulations that went into effect September 24, 2007 require the Party and non-Party issuing CITES documents to have designated a Management Authority and a Scientific Authority and communicated such designation to the CITES Secretariat. Such authorities must be competent to make the required legal and biological findings in order to issue valid CITES documents.

As of May 20, 2008, the following 22 countries had not provided information to the CITES Secretariat: Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Haiti, Holy See, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Montenegro, Nauru, Niue, Oman, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, and Tuvalu.

The U.S. will not allow the import of CITES-listed specimens from the above countries. Any such shipment will be subject to seizure and forfeiture because of invalid CITES documents.

Updated information on these designations may be viewed at the following link:

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