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CITES Permits for Antiques

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European CITESCITES is an international organization that exists to control the trade and exchange of endangered species. What this means is that if you are trying to import any endangered fauna or flora (or more commonly, antiques made from endangered fauna or flora) you will likely have to apply for a CITES permit before arranging the shipping of the goods.


Please discuss with your seller or freight forwarder if the country where you have obtained the goods requires a CITES permit before it can be exported. If so, please enlist their help in obtaining one. The process can take several weeks so be patient. Once approved, you will need a hard copy original of the original to clear customs in Canada so you will need to have the shipper mail this to you.


We recommend contacting Environment Canada’s CITES department in Gatineau at this number (855-869-8670) to first establish whether your antique will be permitted importation into Canada. If yes, you can continue to their website to find the correct application forms to complete. The permit application required will vary depending on whether you are importing: a live animal, hunting trophy or an article made from a CITES protected species. Complete the application and submit to the e-mail address specified on the permit application. Please allow several weeks for the CITES to be approved. Once approved, Environment Canada will mail you the permit with further instructions. Do not lose this! You will need it to clear your item through customs on arrival.

What requires CITES?

The list is quite long but luckily Environment Canada provides a search tool on their website to assist. If you remain uncertain, please contact a CITES administrator at Environment Canada.

Must I file for the application myself?

No, Border Bee can also assist with your permit application as well as the customs clearance of your goods for a modest fee.

More questions? Please contact us


Ecommerce, Customs and You provides answers to your questions on importing goods, written by the Border Bee staff.

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