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CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.  This is an international treaty that controls the trading in endangered species of all types of life: animals, trees, plants, bugs, etc.

There are three levels of control:

CITES Appendix I prohibits the international commercial trading of species (e.g., pandas, eagles);

CITES Appendix II monitors the international trade in species generally considered to be under threat worldwide (e.g., otters, wolverine, bears);

CITES Appendix III controls the international trade in a species because one or more treaty members has expressed concern about a species (e.g., Ghana wants to monitor the trade in the west African crested porcupine).

See for the official CITES website.

Chichester Canada, Inc. generally does not export species covered under CITES because of the extensive paperwork required to obtain permits both in Canada and in the importing country, the long delays involved (up to six months), and the high costs.

We support the work of CITES and believe in its mission.  We only trade in legally acquired items and strictly observe the law.

CITES Export Permit Fee

The minimum order is C$1,000 for CITES orders. The C$1,000 is for the total value of CITES items and does not include the value of any non-CITES items on the same order/shipment, shipping costs, or other fees.

All CITES orders are subject to a C$367.50 CITES export permit fee. The CITES export permit fee is charged per shipment.  This fee must be paid prior to our preparing the paperwork and is non-refundable.

Please call us at +1.416.232.0376 or write us at if you have any questions about whether a shipment is subject to CITES controls.