Applying for a permit for the import and export of protected plant and animal species Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you want to import or export specimens of protected animal and plant species into or from the EU, you will need a permit.

The permit requirement applies to living and dead animals and plants, and parts or products thereof.
You can also apply for the following CITES special permits:

  • certificate for musical instruments,
  • certificate for travelling exhibitions,
  • sample collection certificate, and
  • personal ownership certificate for personally owned living animals of protected species.

You must show your permit to the customs office of import or export for customs clearance under species protection laws.
You must also obtain a permit if you want to re export or re import the specimen.

  • Application form and, where applicable, a follow-up form for more than one species
  • Supporting documents for applying for an import permit for living specimens
  • Supporting documents for applying for an import permit for products or parts of plants or animals and for dead specimens
  • Supporting documents for applying for an export permit or re export certificate for living specimens
  • Supporting documents for applying for an export permit or re export certificate for products or parts of plants or animals and for dead specimens

Forms: Yes. 
Can I apply online? Yes.
Do I need to apply in writing? Yes.
Do I need to apply in person? No.


Related Links

  • Application for import or export permit for specimens of protected species (PDF; 73 KB)
Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN), Fachgebiet I 1.1

Preconditions

The specific requirements for obtaining a permit depend on the level of protection of the species which you want to import or export and the type of application.

  • A favourable opinion of the scientific authority (not required for an application for a re export certificate).
  • A copy of the export document of the exporting country when applying for an import permit.

Related Links

  • Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 (basic regulation)

Related Links

  • Detailed guidance on how to apply for species protection permits
  • Extensive information on the implementation of the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

You can apply for an import, export or re export permit in writing or online.

To apply for a permit in writing:

  • Download the application and follow-up form.
  • Complete and send it to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, together with the supporting documents required for the type of application in question.
  • If all the requirements have been met, the permit will be sent to you by post.
  • If your application is rejected, you will receive a rejection decision by post, which is subject to a fee.

To apply for a permit online:

  • Visit www.cites-online.de and follow the instructions
  • You will find various facilities available to you there, such as: 
    • sending supporting documents together with your electronic application,
    • a choice of payment options, and
    • local storage of the submitted application on your computer for subsequent follow-up or use as a template for new applications.
  • If all the requirements have been met, the permit will be sent to you by post.
  • If your application is rejected, you will receive a rejection decision by post, which is subject to a fee.

Note: If your application has been rejected, you may file an appeal within 1 month of the notification of the rejection decision. If your appeal is well founded, the decision will be remedied and the permit granted. Otherwise, an appeal decision will be issued, upholding the rejection of your application. However, you can appeal against that decision before the relevant administrative court.

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Last update or date of publication
21.08.2018