Withdrawal of the UK and EU rules in the field of trade in protected species of wild fauna and flora

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Withdrawal of the UK and EU rules in the field of trade in protected species of wild fauna and flora

7 September 2020
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Since 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union and has become a “third country”. The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period ending on 31 December 2020. Until that date, EU law in its entirety applies to and in the United Kingdom.

During the transition period, the EU and the United Kingdom will negotiate an agreement on a new partnership, providing notably for a free trade area. However, it is not certain whether such an agreement will be concluded and will enter into force at the end of the transition period. In any event, such an agreement would create a relationship which in terms of market access conditions will be very different from the United Kingdom’s participation in the internal market,4 in the EU Customs Union, and in the VAT and excise duty area.

To address the consequences set out in this notice, stakeholders intending to trade in specimens of protected species in the EU after the end of the transition period are in particular advised to ensure that they hold the necessary valid CITES permits and present these to the relevant border inspection points.

This notice does not address EU rules on:

- animal and plant health;

- food and feed;

- animal transport;

- movement of live animals;

- invasive alien species.

For these aspects, other notices are in preparation or have been published. In addition, attention is drawn to the more generic notice on prohibitions and restrictions, including import/export licences.

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