Clarification from UK APHA on CITES Annex D


UK APHA has issued clarification on CITES Annex D regarding the species that require import notification.

Annex D of the Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 is in addition to the three Appendices of CITES and is referred to as the “monitoring list”. It includes species that might be eligible for listing in one of the other Annexes and for which EU import levels should therefore be monitored. An Import Notification is needed when importing Annex D listed species into the EU, and when importing the species from EU to GB.

On 19th January 2022, the European Commission listed new species in Annex D of the Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97  which includes:

  • Okoumé: Aucoumea klaineana
  • Ipe: Handroanthus spp
  • Sapelli: Entandrophragma cylindricum
  • Moabi: Baillonella toxisperma

The UK CITES department, APHA, has clarified that changes in EU Annex D after 01/01/2021 does not affect the GB, the GB version of the Annex D has not been changed since leaving the EU. Import notification is thus NOT required for the above listed species.

The below is the full reply from APHA:

We (GB) have not added any more species to Annex D since leaving the EU.  So anything that was on Annex D before 01/01/2021 (and you can see the date something was added to the  EU Annexes in the entry on Species+ ) will need an import notification to be completed on import.  Sapele was included on EU Annex D on 19/01/2022 so is not included in the GB Annex D and doesn’t need any CITES documentation on import – though will need other documentation relating to the import of timber.