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Imports of goods related to the CITES

People who intend to import any listed species of animals or plants under the CITES are required to receive a certificate of export permission* issued by the government of the exporting country and for certain listed species, required to receive a certificate of import approval* or a certificate of prior-confirmation* by the METI Minister.

When you intend to import such listed species, you are required to complete necessary procedures, including import approval*, prior confirmation*, and customs confirmation,* depending on the type of the goods that you intend to import. The first step is to identify which Appendix from I to III the goods belong to.

  • *Notes:
    • Certificate of export permission: Document showing the permission of exports issued by the CITES Management Authorities in the originating country (CITES Export Permit)
    • Certificate of import approval: Document issued by the METI Minister in response to the application filed for import of the species listed in Appendix I.
    • Certificate of prior confirmation: Document issued by the METI Minister showing prior confirmation in response to the application filed for import of living animals or species listed in Appendices II and III.
    • Import approval: Procedure involving imports of species listed in Appendix I
    • Prior confirmation: Procedure involving imports of living animals or species listed in Appendices II and III.
    • Customs confirmation: Customs procedure involving imports of finished products listed in Appendices II and III, not requiring prior confirmation by the METI Minister

Identifying the type of goods that you intend to import

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

If you do not know the correct category, please identify it.

  • 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 import belong.
  • The Appendices show scientific names of the species (globally common names in Latin). Please verify the scientific name of your goods.
  • Please note that the species are sometimes included in a higher taxon, such as Crocodylia spp.
  • No CITES procedures are required for goods not listed in the Appendices.

Flow chart of import procedures

Application counter

Service hours

Day of week Mondays to Fridays except holidays of administrative organizations 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 postal mail lost in transit.
  • Applications via postal mail are acceptable. Please send a complete set of predetermined documents to the following contact counters.
  • If you want the authorities to return issued certificates by postal mail, please also enclose a prepaid reply envelope on which your address and the type of mail (registered mail or simple registered mail) to be used for returning your reply envelope are written.
  • If you send an application by mail, please enclose a prepaid reply envelope with your address written and choose either registered mail or simple registered mail as the mail type for sending your application form and for returning your reply envelope. Please note that the authorities have no responsibility for mail lost in transit.

Contact counters

Contact counter of import approval/Prior confirmation (finished products (stuffed animals, tanned leather, leather products, serum, blood plasma, DNA, etc.)) Contact number
Licensing Group, Office of Trade Licensing for Wild Animal and Plants, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, 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
Contact counters of prior confirmation: (living animals) Contact number
Licensing Group, Office of Trade Licensing for Wild Animal and Plants, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, 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
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, Hyogo Prefecture, 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

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