The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) invites all applicants to continue to submit their CWS permit applications through the regular channels during the COVID-19 outbreak. While CWS will continue to strive to meet the published service standards, we would like to advise applicants that they may experience delays in obtaining a decision.
International trade in protected animals and plants
Services and information
Overview of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Endangered species and trade
Buying, selling, importing or exporting wildlife or products made from them.
Permits for trade in protected species
Permits and certificates, import or export, CITES, endangered species.
Trade impacts on animals and plants
Trade impact reviews for species listed on CITES, including Atlantic sturgeon, ginseng and polar bear.
Import permits for species harmful to Canadian ecosystems
Restrictions on importing species in order to protect Canadian ecosystems.
Endangered species and the international traveller
Rules about bringing souvenirs, exotic pets or personal items across international borders.
Avoid importing illegal forest products
Laws about importing forest products.
Enforcement of regulations governing trade in wildlife.
Current and past consultations related to WAPPRIITA, WAPTR and Canada’s participation at the CITES Conference of the Parties.
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