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Endangered species: apply for an import and export permit

Form to apply for a permit to import, export or re-export a CITES-listed specimen in or out of the UK.

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CITES permit application form: FED0172

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Import or export or re-export application: guidance for completing form FED0172

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Details

Coronavirus (COVID-19): send application by email

If possible, you should send any applications by email to wildlife.licensing@apha.gov.uk as staff may not be able to collect post during the coronavirus outbreak.

Please apply in advance to avoid delay – APHA is dealing with a high volume of applications.

Use form FED0172 to apply for a permit to import, export or re-export an endangered specimen in or out of the UK, or for movements between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland.

You must also use this form if you’re importing, exporting or re-exporting a musical instrument made from CITES species.

A specimen includes any living or dead plant or animal (or any of its parts) listed under Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) controls.

You only need the permit for a species listed under annex A or B of CITES.

Use the Species+ tool to search for an endangered species. Check which annex (A, B, C or D) it’s classified under.

Read the guidance before completing the form. This explains:

  • what information you have to give
  • the codes to use
  • how to successfully complete the application

Send forms to the APHA Centre for International Trade: Bristol.

See our guide apply for CITES permits and certificates to move or trade endangered species for more information on CITES controls and species.

Published 7 March 2008
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated form FED0172: CITES permit application.

  2. Added coronavirus statement on sending application by email.

  3. Updated guidance for completing form FED0172

  4. Updated guidance to completing form FED0172

  5. AHVLA documents have been re-assigned to the new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

  6. First published.