January 4, 2017
New rules were adopted by members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) concerning trade in over 500 species of animals and plants. They became effective on January 1st.
Dalbergia rosewoods and palisanders, sharks and rays are among the hundreds of new species brought under CITES trade controls, along with a ban on all commercial trade in pangolins and African grey parrots.
As the New Year starts, the 183 Parties to CITES (182 countries plus the European Union) will apply these controls with the aim of protecting irreplaceable wild fauna and flora.
The CITES Secretariat issued a news release outlining the changes to the convention.
The Canada Border Services Agency publishes Memorandum D19-7-1 concerning the application of CITES and of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA)