CITES Guidance

Reference Guide to the European Community Wildlife Trade Regulations
Produced by the European Commission and TRAFFIC Europe.

GN1 – General guidance notes for importers and exporters
Sets out the framework for international trade in specimens listed on each of the Annexes and explains what you need to do to.

GN1a – Guidance for first time applicants: importers and exporters
Brief overview of what you need to know, expressed in simple terms.

GN2 – General notes on commercial use
Sets out when you need to apply for an Article 10 certificate and gives detailed information about the different types of certificate.

GN2a – Guidance for first time applicants: commercial use
Brief overview of what you need to know, expressed in simple terms.

GN6 – Bird of prey keepers
Specific CITES guidance of relevance to owners and traders of birds of prey, including marking requirements and additional controls on rehabilitating disabled wild birds under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

GN7 – Worked specimens
Specific CITES guidance of relevance to traders in ‘worked’ specimens including rhino horn and ivory.

GN10 – Taxidermists
Explains the additional controls on taxidermy specimens, in particular keeping them for sale, log book records, and marking requirements, procedures for obtaining pre-issued certificates, and where to find advice on additional controls under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Habitats Directive.

GN12 – Zoos and scientific institutions
Explains to zoos and other scientific institutions what an Article 60 certificate is, who can apply, and how.

GN13 – Herbaria and botanical institutions
Explains to herberia and botanical institutes what an Article 60 certificate is, who can apply, and how.

GN15 – Information for timber traders
Specific guidance on international trade and sale, including additional health controls, and a list of controlled timber products.

GN17 – Guidance for form to apply for a waiver of CITES charges for applications
Explains which activities qualify for a fees waiver on the basis of their conservation value, and includes an application form.

GN20 – Guidance for museums
Explains to museums what an Article 60 certificate is, who can apply, and how.

GN22 – Guidance for introduction of corals from the sea
Specific guidance detailing which corals are controlled on CITES and whether an import permit is required to bring them into the UK directly from the sea.

Page last modified: 15 November 2013