The Chronicle

Get ready for new rules from 2021


Once the transition period ends on December 31, CITES items being exported from or imported to Great Britain must travel with the relevant documentat­ion, and only certain land, sea and air ports can be used as points of entry.

Documents must be presented and endorsed by the UK Border Force on entry or exit.

While arrangemen­ts for movements between Northern Ireland and the EU, including Ireland, will not change, CITES documentat­ion will be needed for moving CITES-protected species between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

There are criminal offences associated with moving or trading CITES-controlled species without a valid permit or certificat­e. You could be liable to a prison sentence of up to seven years, an unlimited fine, or both.

So find out more and get prepared by searching CITES at

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