Questions and Answers
What is CITES Appendix III?
What does an Appendix III listing mean in terms of permit requirements?
Once a species is listed under CITES any international trade in the species, either as live specimens or parts or products, must be accompanied by a valid CITES permit or certificate. The export of an Appendix III species listed by the United States requires an export permit issued by the Service’s Division of Management Authority (DMA). For additional information, visit www.fws.gov/le/commercial-wildlife-shipment.html.
What permits will be required to export any of these species under an Appendix III listing?
To apply for a U.S. CITES document, a standard application form and processing fee are required. To legally export any of these species, you must complete application form 3-200-27. Upon completion of your application and approval by the Service, a permit will be issued authorizing the export of specifically identified specimens.
Will a permit be necessary to import any of these species?
If you plan to import Appendix III turtles, no import permit is needed. However, you must follow the general CITES permit requirements for export or re-export (as discussed above) and any applicable Service law enforcement requirements for Appendix III species. You should also contact the foreign nation’s management authority in order to comply with their requirements.
How would an Appendix III listing affect domestic trade in these species?
CITES requirements apply only when the species are being exported, imported or re-exported across international borders. As stated above, however, some CITES-listed species are protected by other state conservation laws. Contact your state wildlife or plant conservation agency to determine any additional requirements.
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