“No Deal” Brexit – Implications for exports and imports of objects made from endangered species
1. CITES permits needed between UK and EU
This is to remind you that in the event of a “No deal” Brexit, from Friday 29 March 2019 onwards it will be necessary for members moving antiques made from endangered species to or from the EU to be in possession of valid CITES documents issued by the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) in Bristol. They will also need to apply for matching import or re-export permits from the relevant EU country of import/export.
This applies to items made from the following materials (not an exhaustive list):
- Tortoiseshell (all species of the family Cheloniidae spp including hawksbill sea turtle)
- Elephant ivory
- Rhino horn
- All rosewoods of the family Dalbergia spp. (including tulipwood, kingwood, rosetta wood, princes wood, bois de violette, blackwood, African blackwood, Bombay blackwood, cocobolo, huanghuali and hongmu)
- Honduras mahogany (Swietenia humilis)
- Whale teeth
Further details of the arrangements can be seen on the Defra pages of the gov.uk website by clicking here
In summary, you will need to treat transfers between the UK and other EU countries in the same way you currently treat exports or imports of CITES items to or from non-EU countries.
2. Dover and Eurotunnel not permitted for movement of CITES species
A “No deal” Brexit would mean that from 29 March 2019 you will no longer be able to import or export CITES goods through Dover, Eurotunnel or Holyhead. This is because the processing of CITES papers is expected to slow down throughputs at these key ports used for goods of greater national importance, such as food or medicines. At present I understand that movements of CITES documented goods using Eurostar will be prohibited, but I am awaiting clarification on this point.
For more information about CITES-designated ports you can read an extract from an email received by BADA from Defra. You can also read more about designated ports on the gov.uk website
If you are using Dover, Eurotunnel or Eurostar to travel to Continental Europe with hand luggage containing items made from the above materials you may need to reconsider your travel arrangements carefully. You may also wish to discuss this with you shipper.
We understand that the above restrictions will be reviewed in the light of how the excluded ports cope in practice.