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The Fish and Wildlife Service has posted to its Web site a notice stating that the import and export documentation requirements for numerous species of animals and plants will be revised as of June 23. Imports, exports or re-exports of shipments of these species that are accompanied by CITES documents reflecting a pre-June 23 listing status or that lack CITES documents because no listing was previously in effect must be completed by midnight (local time at the point of import/export) on June 22.
These changes are being made pursuant to decisions taken at the March 13-15 meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. These decisions include additions to and removals from CITES Appendices I and II, which list species in which international trade is prohibited (Appendix I) or restricted (Appendix II) in order to protect endangered populations. Read more here.