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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 an export permit/a re-export certificate. **

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).

Identifying the type of goods that you intend to export/re-export

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

The first step is to identify which CITES Appendix category (I, II, or III) the animals and/or plants belong to. The scientific name of the animals and/or plants in Latin is required to identify the correct category. Please contact the manufacturers, producers, factories, and so forth to confirm the scientific name.

Flow chart of the export procedure (in Japanese)

For Moving Overseas with Your Pet listed on CITES Appendices

Application counter

Notes
  • Please note that the authorities assume no responsibility for mail lost in transit.
  • Please send a complete set of predetermined documents to the following contact counters.
  • 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 (Using “Letter Pack” service and packages by Japan Post is recommended.) 

Contact counters

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, 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8901
*Applications are only accepted by post.
Tel: 03-3501-1723
Fax: 03-3501-0997
10:00-12:00 a.m., 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Mondays to Fridays except holidays of administrative organizations
If you have any questions, please contact to the following e-mail address.

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, General Coordination and Policy Planning Department, Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
3-3-1 Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, 980-8403
Tel: 022-221-4907
Fax: 022-261-7390
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, Kansai 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

Last updated:2024-04-09