Guidance

Trading CITES-listed species through UK ports and airports after Brexit

Designated land, sea and air ports for trading or moving CITES-listed endangered animals or plants, or their products, if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

The UK will continue to comply with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Your trade routes may change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. From 29 March 2019, this would mean you can only import (bring in) or export (take out) CITES goods through the designated land, sea and air ports listed in this guide.

CITES-designated points of entry or exit

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the following points of entry or exit will be designated for CITES trade.

Airports include:

  • Belfast International
  • Birmingham International
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • East Midlands
  • Edinburgh
  • Gatwick
  • Glasgow International
  • Glasgow Prestwick
  • Heathrow
  • Luton
  • Manchester
  • Southampton Eastleigh
  • Stansted

Ports include:

  • Felixstowe
  • Harwich
  • Liverpool Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off)
  • London Gateway
  • Plymouth
  • Poole
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off)
  • Tilbury

Postal points of entry include:

  • Coventry International Parcel Post Hub
  • Heathrow International Distribution Centre

Ports not currently included as CITES-designated points of entry or exit

You will no longer be able to import or export CITES goods through certain high volume ports including:

  • Dover
  • Eurotunnel
  • Holyhead

Gibraltar will not be included as a UK designated port for CITES trade.

CITES products originating within the EU

For all CITES products that originate within the EU, you must use one of the CITES-designated points of entry or exit.

Live or temperature-controlled goods can only pass through designated points of entry or exit with the facilities or expertise to handle them. You must contact your chosen point of entry or your freight handler to check that they can handle your CITES products.

CITES products originating outside the EU

For all CITES products that originate outside the EU, different animal and plant health conditions apply. You must check the following guidance and use the correct point of entry or exit.

Moving live animals and animal products

You can only import live animals or animal products from outside the EU to the UK through points of entry with Border Inspection Posts. You must also have the appropriate licence to import them.

Not all CITES-designated points of entry or exit have the facilities or expertise to handle live animals or animal products. You must check with the port or airport before you move either.

Airport Species
Edinburgh dogs, cats, ferrets, lagomorphs (hares, rabbits and pika), rodents, amphibians, reptiles, fish, molluscs (and crustaceans not for human consumption)
Gatwick reptiles, amphibians, fish, molluscs, crustaceans, birds and mammals except ungulates (odd-toed and even-toed mammals) and equines
Glasgow Prestwick cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, wild and domestic solipeds (single hoofed mammals), registered equidae (horse family)
Heathrow cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, wild and domestic solipeds (single hoofed mammals), registered equidae (horse family) and all others (including zoo animals)
Manchester fish, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians
Stansted cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, wild and domestic solipeds (single hoofed mammals), registered equidae (horse family)

Moving products of animal origin (POAO) for human consumption

The following designated ports and airports can handle products for human consumption.

Ports and airports with facilities for frozen and chilled goods

  • Felixstowe port
  • London Gateway port
  • Southampton Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off)
  • Thamesport
  • Tilbury port

  • Gatwick airport
  • Heathrow airport
  • Manchester airport

Ports and airports with no facilities for frozen or chilled goods

  • Liverpool Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off)
  • London Gateway port
  • Thamesport

  • East Midlands airport
  • Stansted airport

Moving POAO not for human consumption

The following designated ports and airports can handle products not for human consumption.

Ports and airports with facilities for frozen or chilled goods

  • Felixstowe port
  • London Gateway port
  • Thamesport
  • Tilbury port (only frozen goods, not chilled)

Ports and airports with no facilities for frozen or chilled goods

  • Liverpool Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off)
  • London Gateway port
  • Manchester port
  • Southampton Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off)
  • Thamesport

  • Belfast International airport
  • East Midlands airport
  • Gatwick airport
  • Heathrow airport
  • Stansted airport

Moving food not of animal origin (FNAO)

You can move food not of animal origin (FNAO) for human consumption or animal feed through the following designated points of entry or exit for high risk foods

Airports

  • East Midlands - food for human consumption only
  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Manchester - animal feed only
  • Stansted

Ports

  • Felixstowe
  • Liverpool Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off) - food for human consumption only
  • London Gateway
  • Portsmouth
  • Sheerness
  • Southampton Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off)
  • Tilbury
  • Thamesport

Moving controlled plants or plant products or forestry materials (FM)

The following designated ports or airports can handle the import and export of controlled plants and plant products or regulated forestry material.

Airports

  • Belfast International
  • Birmingham International (controlled plants or plant products only)
  • Bristol (FM only)
  • Cardiff (FM only)
  • East Midlands
  • Edinburgh
  • Gatwick
  • Glasgow International
  • Glasgow Prestwick
  • Heathrow
  • Luton
  • Manchester
  • Southampton Eastleigh
  • Stansted

Ports

  • Felixstowe
  • Harwich (FM only)
  • Liverpool Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off)
  • London Gateway (controlled plants or plant products only)
  • Plymouth (FM only)
  • Poole (FM only)
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton Container Terminal (lift-on/lift-off)
  • Tilbury

Postal hubs

  • Coventry International parcel post (imports only)

Moving to approved inland facilities

You may also import controlled plants and plant products or regulated forestry material through any CITES-designated ports if they are going to approved inland facilities. You must have the relevant documents to do this.

Use the relevant guidance to understand the rules:

Published 16 January 2019
Last updated 7 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. Corrected and added ports.
  2. First published.