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Exports of goods related to the CITES

When you intend to export any species of animals and plants listed under CITES, you are required to be authorized by the METI Minister in advance and receive both a certificate of export approval* and a certificate of export permission. **

Necessary procedures for application and approval of export permission and documents to be issued by authorities vary depending on where the species which you intend to export is listed (i.e. in CITES Appendix I, II, or III).

  • Notes:
    • * Certificate of export approval: A document issued by the METI Minister in response to the application for export approval
    • ** Certificate of export permission: A document issued by the CITES Management Authorities in response to the application for export approval

Identifying the type of goods that you intend to export

If you know which Appendix (I, II or III) your goods for export belong to, click here.

If you are not certain of the correct category, please first identify the category.

  • Please click the following links and identify the CITES Appendix (I, II, or III) to which the species of animals or plants that you intend to export belong.
  • The Appendices show scientific names of the species or globally common names in Latin. Please determine the scientific (Latin) name of your goods
  • Please note that the species are sometimes included in a higher taxon groups, such as Crocodylia spp.
  • CITES procedures are NOT required for goods not listed in the Appendices.

Flow chart of the export procedure

Application counter

Service hours

Day of the week Mondays to Fridays except holidays of administrative organizations listed under the items of Article 1 (1) of the Act on Holidays of Administrative Organs
Service hours 10:00-11:45 a.m., 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Notes
  • Please note that the authorities assume no responsibility for mail lost in transit.
  • Applications via mail are acceptable. Please send a complete set of predetermined documents to the following contact counters.
  • When you wish the authorities to return issued certificates by postal mail, please mail enclose a prepaid and pre-addressed reply envelope with your address and the mail category (registered mail or simple registered mail) clearly and correctly indicated.
  • When you send an application by postal mail, please enclose a prepaid and pre-addressed reply envelope and indicate either registered or simple registered mail for the return of your application form and reply envelope. Please note that the authorities assume no responsibility for mail lost in transit.

Contact counter

Listed goods under CITES [Appended Table 2 (36) of the Export Trade Control Order]
Contact counters involving exports approval (living species and processed products, excluding predetermined plants) Contact number
Licensing Group, Office of Trade Licensing for Wild Animal and Plants, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI
(Your mail may also be accepted at: CITES Licensing Group, Trade Department, METI.)
14th floor, West Wing 8 of the METI Main Building, 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8901
Tel: 03-3501-1723
Fax: 03-3501-0997
Listed goods under CITES [Appended Table 2 (36) of the Export Trade Control Order]
Contact counters for export approval (predetermined list of plants including processed products: Cactaceae spp., Liliaceae, Aloes spp., Primulaceae, Cyclamens spp., Cycadaceae spp. (cultured variety), and Orchidaceae spp. (cultured variety)) Contact number
International Affairs Division, General Coordination and Policy Planning Department, Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Sapporo No. 1 Godo-chosha Building, North 8, West 2, Kita-ku, Sapporo City, 060-0808
Tel: 011-709-1752
Fax: 011-709-1798
International Affairs Division, Industrial Department, Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
3-3-1 Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, 980-8403
Tel: 022-221-4907
Fax: 022-223-2658
International Affairs Division, Industrial Department, Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Saitamashintoshin Godo-chosha No.1, 1-1 Shintoshin, Chuo-ku, Saitama City, 330-9715
Tel: 048-600-0265
Fax: 048-601-1306
General Affairs Division, Tokyo International Trade Office
Yushima Godo-chosha Building, 4-6-15 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0034
Tel: 03-5842-7071
Fax: 03-5689-7841
General Affairs Division, Yokohama International Trade Office
10F Yokohama Media and Communications Center 11 Nihon-Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0021
Tel: 045-212-1105
Fax: 045-201-7156
Regional Economy Division, International Affairs Department, Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
2-5-2 Sannomaru Naka-ku, Nagoya City, 460-8510
Tel: 052-951-4091
Fax: 052-961-7829
Trade Division, Trade Department, Kinki Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-5-44, Ohtemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, 540-8535
Tel: 06-6966-6034
Fax: 06-6966-6088
General Affairs Division, Kobe International Trade Office
5th floor, Kobe Local Joint Government Building, 29, Kaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, 650-0024
Tel: 078-393-2682
Fax: 078-393-2685
International Affairs Division, Industry Department, Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Hiroshima No. 2 Godo-chosha Building, 6-30, Kami Hatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, 730-8531
Tel: 082-224-5659
Fax: 082-224-5642
International Affairs Division, Industry Department, Shikoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Takamatsu Sunport Godo-chosha Building, 3-33 Sunport, Takamatsu City, 760-8512
Tel: 087-811-8525
Fax: 087-811-8565
International Affairs Division, International Affairs Department, Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
Fukuoka Godo-chosha Building, 2-11-1, Hakata Eki Higashi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, 812-8546
Tel: 092-482-5425
Fax: 092-482-5321
Commerce and Trade Division, Economy and Industry Department, Okinawa General Bureau, Cabinet Office
Second Naha Government Office Building No. 2, 2-1-1 Omoromachi, Naha City, 900-0006
Tel: 098-866-1731
Fax: 098-860-3710
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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