International trade in protected animals and plants

How wildlife trade regulations affect you and protect both land and aquatic species.


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.

Wildlife enforcement

Enforcement of regulations governing trade in wildlife.

Public consultations

Current and past consultations on the CITES Conference of the Parties.

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