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CITES Appendices to be Amended* - Please pay attention to new domestic procedures for imports/exports of rosewood and other types of wood, grey parrots, and other endangered species listed on the amended CITES Appendices enforced from January 2, 2017 -

In line with the results of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (CoP17), the CITES Appendices will be amended. The amended Appendices will enter into force on January 2 (Mon.), 2017.

Anyone who intends to import or export a specimen** of the endangered species listed in the Appendices is required to complete the domestic procedures pursuant to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that anyone who intends to import or export species that are newly listed in the Appendices, e.g., rosewood and other types of wood, and species that have already been listed but transferred from Appendix II to Appendix I, e.g., grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus), due to the amendment, should draw their attention to new or changed procedures for imports or exports of these species.

Notes:
*1: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (commonly-called “CITES”)
**2: The term “specimen” refers to any individual animal or plant, or recognizable part or derivative thereof. These meanings will be adopted in the following texts.

1. Outline of new domestic procedures for importing or exporting listed species under the amended CITES Appendices

From January 2, 2017, when you intend to import or export cargo including the species of animal or plant newly listed in the Appendices, you will be required to obtain approval or permission from the government in advance regarding the importing or exporting of such species.

When you intend to export such species, you are required to obtain an Export License and a CITES Export Permit or CITES re-export Certificate issued by METI.

When you intend to import such species, you are required to obtain an export permit from the originating country of your import. Moreover, under certain conditions, you may also be required to complete the predetermined procedures in Japan, i.e. the destination country, in advance.

Note: When you intend to export such cargo from Japan even before January 2, 2017, you may be required by destination countries to submit necessary documents to the countries and required to complete the predetermined procedures. For details, visit the following website:

2. Major species newly listed in the Appendices or transferred to different Appendices

1) Species related to wood

The following species will be newly listed in Appendix II: Leguminosae (Fabaceae) (rosewood; scientific name: Dalbergia spp.), three types of Bubinga (scientific names: Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, and Guibourtia tessmannii), and African rosewood (scientific name: Pterocarpus erinaceus), excluding species listed in Appendix I.

Regardless of whether it is the entire body, e.g., logs, or only a part of these woods, all goods utilizing such are subject to the regulations.

Example of products utilizing these woods:

Musical instruments, e.g., guitars and strings, speakers and other acoustic equipment, furniture, Buddhist altars and other religious equipment, vehicle interiors, including those of used cars, extracts, fragrances or aroma oil extracted from these woods, billiard cues and related tools, etc.

2) Species of plants

Agarwood (Aquilariaceae of Thymelaeaceae), all species of Gyrinops, Zygophyllaceae , .

Example of products utilizing these plants:

Woodchips of agarwood

3) Species of animals

Pangolin(Manis crassicaudat)

Example of products utilizing the animal:

Chinese medicines containing Manis crassicaudat, etc.

4) Other species of animals

Grey parrots(Psittacus erithacus), Polymita (snails), Alligator lizard(Anguidae), etc.

For a summary of the amended Appendices, visit the following website:

3. Controlled targets under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act

Regardless of whether it be the entire body or only a part of the animals or plants listed in the Appendices, when you intend to import or export any products containing listed species, even finished products, you are required to complete the predetermined procedures. In addition, regardless of whether they are new or used products, when you intend to import or export products containing even a part of the listed species, you are required to complete such procedures.

In addition to products that are made of imported raw materials from listed species and which are manufactured in Japan, when you intend to re-export the products that have been imported as such products, these products are targets of control—for example, when you intend to export guitars or cosmetics made of raw materials you have imported, when you intend to re-export certain products that have been imported as they are, or a similar such case.

Release date

December 12, 2016

Division in Charge

Office of Trade Licensing for Wild Animal and Plants, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

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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