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Amended CITES Appendices to Come into Force on November 26, 2019

- Procedures in Japan for imports/exports of CITES listed species to change in line with the amendment -

October 29, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that Japan will change the procedures for imports/exports of species listed in the Appendices to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (hereinafter referred to as the “CITES”) in line with the enforcement of the amendment of the CITES Appendices on November 26, 2019, which was determined at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CITES Convention (CITES CoP18).

Overview of the amendment

Under its Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act, Japan controls the imports and exports of endangered species of wild fauna and flora (hereinafter referred to as the “species”) and others listed in the CITES Appendices.

In August 2019, the CITES CoP18 was held and the member countries decided to amend the CITES Appendices. In line with this amendment, Japan will change the procedures required for the imports and exports of the species under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act on November 26, 2019, the enforcement date of the amended CITES Appendices. Specifically, the amended provisions, shown in Appendix 1 of this press release, will be reflected in the CITES Appendices.
 

Examples of listed species that may influence international trade thereof based on the decision made at the CITES CoP18
Species whose international trade for commercial purposes is to be prohibited
(Appendix I)
Aonyx cinerea, Lutrogale perspicillata, Geochelone elegans, Mauremys annamensis, Malacochersus tornieri, etc.
Newly listed species whose international trade is to be prohibited (Appendix II) Giraffa camelopardalis, Gekko gecko, Isurus paucus, tropical sea cucumbers,* etc.
*Note: Tropical sea cucumbers will be listed in Appendix II on August 28, 2020.
Species, the control of which is to be relaxed Musical instruments using Pterocarpus erinaceus (Appendix II)* or Guibourtia as materials, including parts and accessories thereof, etc.
*Note: Dalbergia nigra (Appendix I) will continue to be controlled.

Conventionally, when any CITES Appendices are amended, businesses which intend to import or export certain species on and after the enforcement date of the amended Appendices have been permitted to import or export them if they obtain permission for the import or export that has been issued before the enforcement date on the premise that the businesses meet predetermined conditions. However, this practice will change based on the determination at the CITES CoP18. Accordingly, if businesses intend to import or export certain species on and after the enforcement date of amended CITES Appendices, they are always required to meet the provisions of the amended Appendices. Please note that, for example, if a business intends to import certain species on and after the enforcement date of the amended CITES Appendices, i.e., November 26, 2019, it is required to have completed a procedure for such import based on the provisions of the amended Appendices by the date of the import. For details, see Appendix 2 of this press release.

Division in Charge

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

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