Trade in protected species: international convention


As of January 8, 2024 stricter measures will be in place for elephant tusk (ivory) and rhinoceros horn parts or products moving across the Canadian border. New permit requirements will impact both raw items (including hunting trophies) and worked personal and household effects. For more information, please refer to Import and export of elephant tusk (ivory) and rhinoceros horn.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement protecting wild animals and plants. It sets controls on international trade so that the survival of species in the wild is not threatened. CITES protection applies to endangered animals and plants in any form:

A permit is needed to import or export CITES protected species.

CITES has 3 levels of protection:



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