German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Export permit/re-export certificate for live specimens

The submitted application form must be accompanied by the following documents (NB: where documents are marked with an asterisk * copies may be attached to the electronic application form but the originals will need to be sent to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) subsequently. Permits are only issued once the Agency has been provided with the original documents):

Evidence of lawful import into the EU or lawful acquisition within the EU.

Acceptable forms of documentary evidence:

  • Yellow copy* of import permit into the EU and/or yellow copy* of import declaration for imports into the EU (or, for import into the EU up until 31.05.1997, blue copy* of import permit and/or blue copy* of import certificate)
  • Official confirmation of lawful import of Annex B specimens into the EU
  • Original* of the lawful origin certificate from the competent Land authority, or the CITES certificate issued up until 31.05.1997
  • Original* of the certificate pursuant to Article 8 (3) (certificate of exemption from the ban on commercial use) from the competent Land authority (only for Annex A species, with the exception of artificially propagated Annex A plants)
  • Original* phytosanitary certificate
  • For specimens of species covered by Annex X of Regulation (EC) no. 865/2006, a captive breeding certificate from the breeder

The following additional documents may be required in certain instances:

  • Copy of CITES import permit from the country of destination (only for CITES Appendix I species, e.g. specimens taken from the wild or animals from commercial but not approved breeding operations)
  • Lists of ring or transponder numbers
  • Declaration by the EEP coordinator or keeper of the stud book
  • Copy of falconry permit (for hunting with raptors)
  • Copy of authorization for the shipment applied for (no prescribed form)
  • Confirmation that shipment complies with animal welfare standards

Electronic submission of applications

To electronic submission via CITES-online (in german)

In order to submit your application electronically you will need SUN's JavaTM Web Start installed. This software and the accompanying user manual can be downloaded from cites-online.

Application form in pdf format to download and complete

Last Change: 23/01/2019