Exemptions and special procedures

    

There are a number of cases for which the provisions of Articles III, IV and V of the Convention do not apply. This can result in exemptions to the normal procedures where no CITES documentation is required, or in special procedures, where trade is regulated, but the specimens are subject to the provisions of an Appendix different to the one in which the species is listed; or other documents than the normal CITES documentation are required.

Resolutions

Personal and household effects

The table below summarizes the information communicated by Parties, in response to Notifications to the Parties No. 2005/016 of 22 March 2005 and No. 2006/041 of 28 June 2006, to indicate whether export permits are needed for the movement of personal effects of Appendix-II species.

Country National legislation
China
Mainland No exemption exists. An export permit is still required for the movement of personal effects of Appendix-II species
Hong Kong Special Administration Region An exemption exists for specimens that are personal or household effects, under the circumstances prescribed in Resolution Conf. 13.7 (Rev. CoP17)
Macao Special Administrative Region An exemption exists for specimens that are personal or household effects, under the circumstances prescribed under Article VII, paragraph 3, of the Convention
European Union (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) Control of trade in personal and household effects with the European Union
Indonesia
Japan

Regulations 

United States of America

Further information can be found in Resolution Conf. 13.7 (Rev. CoP17) (Control of trade in personal and household effects), in particular on the limits that the Conference of the Parties has established on the number of specimens of certain CITES-listed species that may be considered as personal effects.

Certificates of ownership

Resolution Conf. 10.20 (Frequent cross-border movements of personally owned live animals) allows for the issuance of a certificate of ownership to the personal owner of a legally acquired live animal who wishes to travel to other States with the animal as a personal or household effect.

Click here to see the table that summarizes the information communicated by Parties to indicate whether they accept such certificates.

Fossil corals

According to Resolution. Conf. 11.10 the Convention does not apply to trade in stony corals that are fossilized. The annotation to the five of the species of corals included on the App II states: “Fossils are not subjected to the provisions of the Convention.” Parties have different interpretations of this annotation.

This section provides a list of Parties' interpretations of the annotation exempting fossil corals from the provisions of the Convention received in response to Notification to the Parties No. 2006/063 of 14 November 2006.

Countries that use phytosanitary certificates as certificates of artificial propagation 

In accordance with Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP18), section VIII, the Parties listed below have informed the Secretariat that they use phytosanitary certificates as certificates to authorize the export of artificially propagated specimens of Appendix-II plant species. Samples of certificates that have been provided to the Secretariat can be viewed by CITES Management Authorities and Enforcement Authorities in the Forum section of this website.

Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Canada
Germany
Hong Kong, SAR (China)

Italy
Netherlands
Republic of Korea
Singapore
Sweden

Trade in sturgeons and paddlefish

The Secretariat has compiled the following register based on the information provided by Parties in accordance with Resolution Conf. 12.7 (Rev. CoP17) Conservation of and trade in sturgeons and paddlefish paragraph 1, a):

Information related to Trade in captive bred animals and artificially propagated plants can be found here

Scientific Exchange

Article VII

6.The provisions of Articles III, IV and V shall not apply to the non-commercial loan, donation or exchange between scientists or scientific institutions registered by a Management Authority of their State, of herbarium specimens, other preserved, dried or embedded museum specimens, and live plant material which carry a label issued or approved by a Management Authority.

Resolution Conf. 11.15 (Rev. CoP18) contains further provisions regarding the use of the exemption for non-commercial loan, donation or exchange of museum, herbarium, diagnostic and forensic research specimens.

Register of Scientific Institutions