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Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (June 2020).

The survival of many species of wild fauna and flora is at serious risk. Many are threatened with extinction. In order not to further endanger these, the trade in specimens of these species is subject to particularly strict regulations and hence requires approval.

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The species of fauna and flora affected by these regulations can be found in the checklist of CITES species. The regulations also apply to products made from the species of fauna and flora in the CITES checklist, such as musical instruments made of protected wood or watch straps made of leather from protected animals.


An appropriate import permit is required from the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (Bundesamt für Lebensmittelsicherheit und Veterinärwesen BLV) for the import of protected species. In the case of commercial trade in the affected products, it is possible to apply for a long-term permit so that a new permit does not have to be obtained every time. Inventory control, however, must be carried out. A CITES export permit, issued by the relevant enforcement authority of the country of origin, must be submitted in order to obtain the appropriate permit. Detailed information about the import of protected species of fauna and flora can be found on the website of the BLV.


The import conditions of the destination country always apply. These can be found in our free customs database (see under Import Formalities). A certificate issued by the BLV is also required when exporting or reexporting products which are subject to the CITES provisions. The Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) is responsible for shipments of plants not subject to the CITES provisions.

Detailed information about the export and reexport of protected species of fauna and flora can be found on the website of the BLV.

Questions or further information

You can contact the ExportHelp team of Switzerland Global Enterprise by email to exporthelp@s-ge.com or by calling 0844 811 812.

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