Export permit and re-export certificate


This document is required to export or re-export specimens of species listed in Annexes A, B, or C of Regulation (EC) 338/97 from the EU, and should be requested and obtained prior to shipment of the goods referred to therein.

This permit is issued in accordance with the provisions of Article 5 of Regulation (EC) 338/97.

The application form for this permit (model shown in Annex I of Regulation (EC) 865/2006) uses the same set of five forms that is used for import permits:

  • original (Form number 1); grey (to accompany goods).
  • copy for holder (Form number 2); yellow.
  • copy to be returned by Customs to the issuing authority (Form number 3); green.
  • copy for the issuing authority (Form number 4); pink.
  • application form to be completed by applicant (Form number 5); white.

Whenever a shipment includes several species, or when important information is to be included such as a list of markings on crocodile skins, labelling of caviar containers, photographs to assist identification, etc., annexes should be attached to the main document.

An export permit is valid for six months as from the date of issue, during which time the goods can be exported from the EU. If the document has expired without having being used, it shall no longer be valid and should be returned to the issuing CITES Management Authority.

Application Requirements

Permit applications should be submitted at least 15 days in advance. The following documents should be attached, as appropriate:

  • Purchase invoice pertaining to the specimens, or evidence that the specimens were legally acquired in accordance with the provisions of the CITES Convention.
  • In the case of re-exports, holder's copy of import permit, or proof that the goods were acquired in the EU.
  • Where applicable, proof that specimens were captive-bred in the EU. In the case of specimens taken from the wild, proof that they were obtained in accordance with the provisions of national or regional laws.
  • Any other document that is considered necessary by the issuing Management Authority in each case.

If the application meets all necessary requirements, the CITES Management Authority shall duly issue an export/re-export permit/certificate, as applicable; applicant shall receive the "original" (form number 1), "copy for holder" (form number 2), and the "copy to be returned by Customs to the issuing authority (form number 3).

Download application form.

Customs ans inspection procedures

When goods are exported/re-exported directly from Spain, prior to Customs clearance, an application for inspection should be submitted to one of the 12 SOIVRE Inspection Services using the Species under Control Inspection Document (DIESAC).

Customs clearance may be completed at any of the EU Customs posts that are authorized to clear CITES specimens entering or leaving the EU. A list of authorized Border Inspections Posts (BIPs) is available on the European Commission website (see PDF file "Places of introduction and export"). The European Commission has published some useful General Guidance [PDF] [32.54 kB] on CITES entry points and Community Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) (available in English on the Commission website).

Customs should complete box 27 of the permit, and return the "original" to the exporter/re-exporter (to be lodged with Customs in the destination country), along with the "copy for holder". The "copy to be returned by Customs to the issuing authority" will be forwarded by Customs to the issuing CITES Management Authority.

No goods should leave the EU until an authorized permit has been issued, and all applicable inspection and Customs procedures have been completed.