Prohibitions on Imports of Protected Plants and Animals Updated
The Fish and Wildlife Service has updated its list of countries from which imports of specimens listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora are prohibited. Any shipments of CITES-listed specimens from the countries listed below will be subject to seizure and forfeiture because of invalid CITES documents.
As of May 28, the following countries had not provided information to the CITES secretariat on their designated management authority and/or scientific authority, which must be competent to make the required legal and biological findings in order to issue valid CITES documents: Anguilla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Holy See, Lebanon, Nauru, Niue, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan and Tuvalu. This list reflects the addition of Lebanon and South Sudan and the removal of Armenia, Bahrain, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Maldives and Oman since the last list was issued in September 2012.