|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,
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
See www.cites.org for
the official CITES website.
Chichester, Inc., generally does not export species
covered under CITES because of the extensive paperwork required to obtain
a permit both in the United States 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.