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Mon, 08 May


Virtual Training Event

Course: CITES - Trade in Endangered Species & Products

This course develops the competencies that professionals need to deal with all aspects of the CITES regulation, including identifying endangered species and licensable products, applying for permits and design an effective compliance system. (Course ID: E-FA 08)

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Course: CITES - Trade in Endangered Species & Products
Course: CITES - Trade in Endangered Species & Products

Time & Location

08 May 2023, 13:00 – 17:00 BST

Virtual Training Event

About the event

Course ID: E-FA 08

This training is an Elective Course (E) which can be added as a Focus Area (FA) for the study of the Diploma in Customs Competencies. It can also be studied as a stand-alone training course. See here for information about our approach to education and training.


What this course is all about - in a nutshell

This four-hour course is designed to help you identify endangered species and to obtain the necessary licences prior to importing and exporting. It is ideal for customs and global trade professionals that need to become competent in all aspects of the CITES regulation This means being able to deal with regarding the aspects of CITES and the trade in endangered species.


The  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), is also known as the Washington Species Protection Convention. It was created 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.

What we will cover in this course

  • 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 the product
  • Record Keeping
  • Penalties (Fines, Prosecution, Seizure and Destruction)

Who would benefit from this course

The worldwide sales, supply chain, accounting/finance, customs, and shipping professionals at any level may benefit from this training.

Please contact for more information.


Who is the trainer/instructor?

Customs & Global Trade Expert Arne Mielken or a customs & global trade professional partner with many years of practical experience in the course subject.

Expected Outcome and Results

Upon completion of this course, you will have developed a great general awareness and thorough knowledge of:

- The rules and regulations governing the CITES convention

- How to obtain a CITES permit

- How to identify endangered species and licensable products.

- How to set up a CITES-compliant import and export process.


Participants are invited to complete a Quiz after the training. If they pass with a rate of 80%, they will receive a Certificate of Completion in "CITES" - Level 1 - Awareness. This ascertains that you have received formal training and have met the above-mentioned outcomes and results.

Possibility to upgrade to Level 2 - Trained 

You have the possibility to achieve a Level 2 - Trained qualification with the completion of additional tasks/case studies and exercises. This will allow you to demonstrate that you are able to handle standard situations and related tasks in the field of  CITES - Trade in Endangered Species & Products - independently. Completing a level 2 will require you to invest an additional 2-4 hours of self-study based on a work programme with deliverables. The exercises will mimic practical daily activities in businesses.  You will receive tutor support during this study and feedback on your submissions. If you successfully complete the work programme, you can obtain a  Certificate of Completion in "CITES - Trade in Endangered Species & Products" - Level 2 - Trained. This implies that we have verified and agree that you have a good working knowledge of the concepts and systems related to the subject studied and that you are able to apply and use this knowledge in your daily activities. 

 An additional fee is payable and more time needs to be invested. Please indicate, if you like to progress to Level 2 and we will provide additional information. 


Practical Aspects 

Course Fee

Unless you are studying for the Diploma in Customs Compliance,  individual bookings are subject to payment of a course fee. Upon signing up, an Invoice will be sent to you. Your course booking will be confirmed once payment has been received in full. 

Event Policy

This course is covered by our terms & conditions. Please review them before signing up for this course.

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