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Records of trading in protected animals and plants

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In the Netherlands you are required to keep records if you trade in or own certain species of protected animals or plants. Read more.

Do you trade in or own protected animals or plants? In the Netherlands you are required to keep records on certain species of protected animals or plants. You should for instance keep EU certificates, CITES documents, veterinary records and data on the plant or animal.

For which species do you need to keep records?

You need to keep records for certain CITES species listed in Annex A and B. For species in Annex A you keep records for living bred or cultivated species with the exception of Annex X species (in Dutch) and artificially propagated hybrid plants that have no annotation (you do need a phytosanitary certificate). For species in Annex B you keep records for living cultivated plants, living bred animals (except bred birds with a closed leg ring) and living animals from the wild. CITES is an international agreement on the trade in endangered species.

Information to record

Your records must include information (in Dutch) such as:

  • scientific generic name and quantity
  • date and place of acquisition
  • number of leg ring or microchip transponder
  • name, address and country of the supplier
  • country of origin
  • number of corresponding CITES document
  • name, address and country of the buyer

Your records should be complete and lines and pages must be consecutively numbered. You can use the Dutch-language Cites administration format. Documents, such as invoices and consignment notes, should be kept as well. Make sure you can show your records upon inspection.

Please note: The technical requirements imposed by the Netherlands in respect of some protected animal and plant species differ from those of other EU Member States. If a protected animal or plant species is already allowed in another EU Member State, the authorities may ban its sale in the Netherlands only in exceptional cases.

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