CITES session

January 24th. 2022
With the entry into the year 2022 there have been changes in the processing and in obtaining the certificates of the products subject to the CITES agreement.
With the help of Cecilia Navarro, CITES inspector of the Bilbao SOIVRE, we have been able to organize this interesting meeting in which we have had the opportunity to learn about the procedure established to present products subject to CITES control at the border as of January 2.
The conference was aimed at the logistics operators of the port community so that they can transfer the news to importers and exporters so that the border processing is carried out without setbacks.
CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments and is intended to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not constitute a threat to the survival of protected species.
Cargo subject to CITES
The import/(re-export) operations of this type of specimens must be processed in two phases:
  • Process obtaining CITES export and import permits, in this order. These procedures must be carried out sufficiently in advance of the transaction and must be requested by the holders and their representatives before the CITES Administrative Authorities of each country:
    • In Spain: CITES-Ministry of Ecological Transition
    • In third countries: list of member countries
  • The import/export operation itself at the Spanish Customs:
    • The operator may request SOIVRE verification prior to submitting the customs declaration, electronically through DIESAC (at the Electronic Office of the Secretary of State for Trade). The SOIVRE will carry out the verification and issue the DIESAC, which the operator will present to Customs along with the rest of the documents for clearance.
    • In the event that the operator does not request the DIESAC, it will be the Customs who internally asks SOIVRE for its collaboration in the verifications
Cargo NOT subject to CITES
Merchandise import/export operations that Customs deems appropriate will indicate to the operator the need for SOIVRE to verify and confirm that the merchandise is not CITES. The request for such verification:
  • Customs may communicate it to SOIVRE internally.
  • The operator may submit the non-CITES DIESAC application electronically (as explained in the section “Goods subject to CITES”).

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