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Endangered Species Protection

Endangered Species Protection

There are no bounds to endangered species preservation!

Every day, up to 150 animal and plant species go extinct throughout the globe; let us assist customs officials to avoid this!

Customs Manager Ltd is campaigning for enhancing the lives of endangered animals and plants. After all, our children should be able to appreciate the richness and beauty of the flora and wildlife that our world has to offer.

We join the awareness-raising efforts of WWF, and many other organisations to protect our endangered species.

Arne Mielken, owner and founder of Customs Manager Ltd is regularly to the “People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES).

We are also running webinars and training on CITES and assist companies with import and export permits for CITES.

We also regularly inform clients and subscribers about these initiatives.

Trade-In Endangered Species

Parrot feathers, hard coral, ivory jewellery and many more

These goods can be found at many tourist destinations. But: The international, sometimes illegal, commercial traffic in these appealing or unique artefacts is likewise thriving. Too many infractions of species protection legislation are still being recorded by customs, impacting tourist traffic and business commerce.

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Do you know what you are trading?

Customs officials detect tens of thousands of animals, plants, and items created from protected species each year.

Customs officials detect tens of thousands of animals, plants, and items created from protected species each year. Many tourists purchase endangered species souvenirs and clothing out of ignorance, leading to the overexploitation of natural areas. However, even firms are frequently unaware that a handbag, a musical instrument, or a trophy purchased overseas was created from components derived from around 5,600 animal and 30,000 plant species that are endangered or threatened with extinction.

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Do you know what it is made of?

Commercial trading in species-protected animals and plants is thriving

Commercial trading in species-protected animals and plants is thriving. To safeguard biodiversity, Customs officers often confiscated these objects and mementoes upon arrival, whether commercially or individually. Anyone who illegally imports dangerous items that need a permit risks fines or possibly punishment.



Import & Export Restrictions

The regulation of these items may be traced back to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), also known as the Washington Species Protection Convention.

It was closed in 1973 as a result of the significant fall of numerous species as a result of poaching and trafficking. CITES became international law in 1975.

The agreement's main instruments are import and export permission requirements. The greater the trade restrictions, the more endangered the species. Permission must be obtained online. In the customs declaration, the permit number must be included beside the relevant goods code, and the permit must be shown if requested.

We can assist you in getting the necessary CITES licences.

CITES Training

Learn about how to recognize endangered species and licence requirements

This four-hour course is designed to help you identify endangered species and to obtain the necessary licences prior to importing and exporting.


  • Species covered by the CITES Convention

  • Products covered by the CITES Convention

  • Export, Import and re-Export Procedures

  • Fees

  • How to apply for Permits

  • How to read and interpret Permits from other countries

  • The creation and use of Attestations within the EU

  • Timescales

  • Hand carry vs. freight

  • The operation of the CITES Personal Effects Derogation

  • How to create and manage a CITES compliance programme

  • Working with freight agents and Customs authorities

  • Keeping your customers compliant

  • Repair and replacement of product

  • Record Keeping

  • Penalties (Fines, Prosecution, Seizure and Destruction)

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