Effective March 27 the U.S. suspended commercial trade with Mexico of all species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
As a result, imports from, and exports and reexports to, Mexico of such species are prohibited. The Fish and Wildlife Service states that all shipments containing CITES specimens traded for commercial purposes under an import permit, export permit, or reexport certificate issued by Mexico are subject to enforcement action.
According to a notice from CITES, convention members announced this trade suspension after Mexico submitted a compliance action plan to protect the endangered vaquita porpoise that was deemed “not adequate” because it lacks key elements such as clear timeframes for implementation and achievement of the different steps in the plan. The notice indicates that this suspension will remain in effect until Mexico does submit such a plan.
The U.S. had previously implemented import restrictions on fish and fish products from specified fisheries in Mexico over the same issue.
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