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CITES Permit

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments that aims to ensure that the international trade in wildlife does not threaten wild populations of plants and animals.

Under national environmental law - the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), permits are required for the:

Scientific institutions (museum, laboratory, forensic research institution etc.) that have been registered for this purpose may exchange certain specimens of CITES-listed species and Australian native specimens without permits, provided it is part of an exchange of non-commercial scientific specimens. Such scientific transfers do not require a formal export or import permit but under this exemption they must carry a label detailing specific information regarding the specimen(s). This exemption for certain scientific specimens is designed to facilitate scientific study, including study into the taxonomy or conservation of species.

James Cook University currently holds a permit for the export of non-commercial loan, donation or exchange of scientific specimens between Australian and registered overseas institutions. If your shipment meets the loan, donation or exchange requirements and are the correct specimen type, then you should be eligible to export your samples under the existing JCU CITES Trade Permit. It is your responsibility however to ensure that the appropriate CITES permits are in place with the Institute receiving the samples.

If you do not meet the requirements, then you will need to apply for an individual specific permit for your sample type. Please see the CITES Website for more information.

Please contact lexie.edwards@jcu.edu.au or the Townsville Laboratory and Technical Support Team for information on using the existing JCU CITES Trade Permit.

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