CITES restricts certain items to be exported from Japan
CITES is an international agreement for protecting certain species of wild fauna and flora against over-exploitation through international trade.CITES protects species listed in the CITES Appendices.
In particular, note for ivory products. International trade of ivory products acquired after the entry into force of CITES is prohibited.
(The protection is not only for living specimens, but also for any derivatives of those species such as following.)
Exporting Procedures for CITES Listed-Species of Japan
A person who wishes to export these items from Japan needs to obtain necessary documents as listed below in advance and to declare at Japanese customs. The export and import of items of CITES listed-species is restricted by CITES and the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act of Japan.
CITES Export Permit / CITES Re-export Certificate
issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
You have to obtain a CITES permit before exporting.
Issued by the Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry
Procedures are different depending on the items. If you have any questions, please contact to the following e-mail address.
Ivory products require special caution. International trade of Ivory products acquired after the entry into force of CITES(※) are prohibited.
Ivory products acquired before the entry into force of CITES（Pre-convention）
International trade(export and import) of ivory products(antique pianos, antique products, etc), which are acquired BEFORE the entry into force of CITES on ivory, is possible.
License issued by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry is required to export and/or import those so-called “pre-convention” ivory products. In addition, a CITES re-export certificate issued by the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, CITES Management Authority of Japan, is required to export from Japan. Natural or social scientific evidences are required to apply for the export license, and the CITES re-export certificates to the Ministry.
Ivory products acquired after the entry into force of CITES
International trade(export and import) of ivory products, which are acquired AFTER the entry into force of CITES is PROHIBITED.
※The date of the entry into force of CITES with regard to elephants.
- Asian Elephants(Elephas maximus) - July.1.1975.
- African Elephants(Loxodonta africana) - Feb.26.1976.
When you intend to bring back souvenirs made from animals and plants listed in CITES for personal use, provided certain conditions are met, you are exempted from obtaining an export license of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and a CITES export permit.
In case necessary procedures are not met.
You have to complete all procedures prior to exporting or importing.
If any procedures are not met, you have to send back the items(specimens) to the exporting country or voluntarily abandon them at the custom of importing country.
Division in Charge
The CITES Management Authority of Japan
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)