CITES regulates international trade in wild fauna and flora, i.e. export, re-export and import of live and dead specimens and also of parts and derivatives of the species.
CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – is a global convention under the United Nations. The regulation is based on a system of permits and certificates which can be issued if certain conditions are met. Such documents have to be presented before consignments of specimens are allowed to leave or enter a country.
In the EU, CITES is enforced through special regulations, which apply for the entire union. The aim of the regulations is to “protect species of wild animals and plants and ensure their conservation through restrictions of trade.” The EU Regulations contain more species and have stricter regulations than CITES. The regulated species are listed in the annexes of Council Regulation 338/97.
In Sweden the management authority of CITES is the Swedish Board of Agriculture. You can read more about CITES and regulations of trade in endangered species on their website: