CITES permits for the import or export of protected species

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In order to protect endangered plant and animal species, the import, transit, export or re-export of protected wildlife species (fauna and flora) requires a CITES permit. The permit proves that their removal is legal and compatible with the sustainability of the species concerned.

While the European Regulation which applies to Luxembourg in this matter is based on the international CITES convention, its application is more restrictive.

The CITES permit is attached to the import or export declaration. It is issued by:

Who is concerned?

Businesses concerned

The following bodies are required to have a CITES permit to import or export animals or plants from species who are protected by the CITES convention:

  • all businesses involved in the trade of such animals or plants;
  • all bodies involved in the public exhibition of such animals or plants;
  • all bodies involved in non-commercial cross-border movement of such animals or plants;
  • all scientific research centres using such animals or plants within the framework of their research.

Any private person importing, exporting or transiting protected animals or plants must also have a CITES permit.

Species concerned

A CITES permit is required for the import or export of living or dead animals or plants, as well as of parts or products from these species (e.g. ivory).

The species concerned are listed in 3 categories, detailed in 3 annexes, depending on the threat of extinction to which they are exposed:

  • annexe A lists the species in immediate danger of extinction. International trade in these species is completely banned (except if otherwise provided for by Regulation 338/97 art. 7 and art. 8 point 3);
  • annexe B lists the species in danger of extinction in the short term. Trading in these species is strictly regulated and subject to the granting of permits and authorisations;
  • annexe C describes the species declared in danger in one or more countries (e.g. the walrus in Canada or the Sacred Ibis in Ghana).


Preliminary steps

In order to access the online application, you will first need:

In both cases, the certification request is made via (see 'Online services and forms'). This online procedure requires authentication with a LuxTrust product or an electronic identity card (eID).

If a CITES permit is required for flora and fauna, certification must be applied for separately from ASTA and ALVA.

To have your business eSpace certified, you must attach:

  • a certification from the employer attesting that the employee has power of signature and acts in the interest and on behalf of the company (scanned document in PDF format);
  • a copy of the company's business permit (scanned document in PDF format).


Applicants are requested to submit their application to the Administration of Technical Agricultural Services (ASTA) or the Luxembourg Veterinary and Food Administration (ALVA) at the latest 25 workdays before the export/import of such products.

An additional validation deadline is required when it becomes necessary to verify the country of origin or when the competent scientific authority under the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Biodiversity has to intervene in the case of species listed in annex A and, where applicable, in annex B.

How to proceed

Submitting the application

Depending on whether it is a protected species of flora or fauna, the applicant must submit, via (see 'Online services and forms' below):

  • an application for a CITES permit for the import, export or re-export of protected flora species to the Administration of Technical Agricultural Services (ASTA);
  • an application for a CITES permit for the import, export or re-export of protected fauna species to the Luxembourg Veterinary and Food Administration (ALVA).

Applicants must add to their application:

  • for imports:
    • either a CITES export permit from the country of origin;
    • or a CITES re-export permit from the country of provenance;
  • for exports: a proof of legal purchase of the merchandise;
  • for re-exports:
    • a proof of acquisition of the merchandise;
    • a copy of the CITES import permit;
    • where applicable, one or more intra-Community sales certificates enabling traceability;
  • a power of attorney attesting that the applicant can act for and on behalf of another company, where applicable;
  • the list of official markings in the case of caviar.

Conditions for denial

Applications for species listed in annexe A and annexe B can be denied in the case of a reasoned negative opinion from the consulted scientific authority.

Online services and forms

Who to contact

Plant Protection Service (ASTA)

Luxembourg Veterinary and Food Administration (ALVA)

  • Luxembourg Veterinary and Food Administration (ALVA)

    7, rue Thomas Edison L-1445 Strassen Luxembourg
    Email address:

Related procedures and links


Phytosanitary certificates for the export or re-export of plants, plant products and wood Luxembourg Export Declaration Luxembourg Import Declaration


Further information

Legal references

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