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U.S. Bans Trade in Protected Wildlife with Four Countries

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Fish and Wildlife Service announced May 22 that until further notice it will prohibit the following with respect to trade in protected species of wild animals and plants.

- the commercial import or introduction from the sea from, and the commercial export or reexport to, Guinea of specimens listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

- all imports and introduction from the sea from, and all exports or reexports to, Afghanistan, Djibouti and Lesotho of CITES-listed specimens

The FWS states that all such prohibited shipments or specimens are subject to refusal of import/export or seizure and forfeiture.

These prohibitions are being imposed because the countries listed have failed to implement the required CITES legislation or file the required annual reports on their implementation of CITES. The U.S. therefore cannot establish the legal origin of wildlife that is exported or reexported from these countries and also cannot allow trade to these countries since the necessary enforcement provisions are not in place to ensure the CITES treaty is being implemented.

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