Notice WTR2013/3 Exports to European Community Countries
Important notice for exports to European Community countries
The European Commission recently amended its regulations relating to trade in CITES species.
Notice to Exporters of Wildlife Products
Exports to European Community countries
The European Commission recently amended its regulations relating to trade in CITES species as follows:
“Export permits and re-exports certificates shall be endorsed, with quantity, signature and stamp, by an official from the export or re-export country, in the export endorsement block of the document. If the export document has not been endorsed at the time of export, the management authority of the importing country should liaise with the exporting country’s management authority, considering any extenuating circumstances or documents to determine the acceptability of the document.”
This rule has potential implications for Australian exporters. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service utilises electronic export clearance processes, and does not normally endorse and stamp CITES permits. Exporters are required to lodge an export declaration and obtain an Export Declaration Number (EDN) before goods may be exported.
The Department of the Environment is in communication with the European Commission, seeking recognition and acceptance of Australia’s electronic clearance process.
In the meantime, it is highly recommended that exporters should write their EDN on their CITES export permit in the appropriate space (Box 14 on single use permits, or bottom left on a Specimen Export Record). The actual quantity of each specimen exported should also be noted on the permit, as per the instructions that are provided to exporters when a permit is issued.
If a shipment is detained overseas due to the Australian export permit not having been signed and wet-stamped by Australian Customs, the importer should request the CITES Management Authority of the importing country to liaise with this department via the email address below.
Further information or queries regarding this notice should be addressed to:
Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Phone: 02 6274 1900 (answered during business hours, 9am-5pm weekdays)
Authorised by Frank Antram, Director, Wildlife Trade Regulation, 20 September 2013