CITES/EU Wildlife Trade Regulations

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments.  Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

OATA has played a prominent part in stopping listings that would have gained no conservation benefits but would have been extremely costly to the industry.

EU Wildlife Trade Regulations is the EU implementation of CITES.

The EU Scientific Review Group (EU SRG) plays a part in implementing the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, especially regarding imports.  Decisions by the EU SRG instantly determines what is permitted to be imported and what importers and retailers are allowed to trade in.

OATA has worked to ensure that the EU SRG listens to our concerns and operates in at least a partially transparent manner and that there are as few unnecessary restrictions on species in trade as possible.

For the latest information on suspended species, click here to access the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations Query Tool.