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Violations of species conservation regulations, and sanctions imposed / Federal authorities

Number of seizures at German customs offices 2015/2016/2017

In 2015 total 1395 seizures took place at 105 German customs offices to countries outside of the European Union.
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In 2016 total 945 seizures took place at 101 German customs offices to countries outside of the European Union.
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In 2017 total 1000 seizures took place at 116 German customs offices to countries outside of the European Union.
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Seizures and confiscations by customs offices in 2017
Description Seizures 1) Confiscations 2)
Procedures
Specimens
Procedures
Specimens
No
KG
L
No
KG
L
Baleen 1 1 1 1
Stuffed specimens 15 89 13 83
Bones, bones pieces 7 38 5 35
Carapaces,scales 3 7 3 7
Carvings 81 1.042 21,07 50 236 2,05
Caviar 17 8,88 15 7,82
Chips 3 2 1,03 2 2 0,98
Corals 233 3.236 11,00 216 1.904 4,63
Derivatives 2 1 0,50 1 1
Feathers 13 577 12 551
Fins 1 36
Fur products 3 4 2 2
Gall 1 150 1 150
Garments 5 6 5 6
Hairs (bracelets, quills) 4 76 4 76
Living specimens 71 3.161 0,70 46 1.316 0,70
Leather products 186 812 153 579
Meat 9 6 10,18 9 6 10,18
Medicine, extracts, scientific samples, oil, powder 229 36.935 247,32 42,11 204 35.689 247,32 20,78
Roots 9 5 2,58 8 5 1,58
Sawn wood (unit L = m³) 3 180,00 17,00
Seeds 3 1 0,06 3 1 0,06
Shells 28 134 0,20 23 85
Skins, skin pieces 38 118 19 49
Trophies and parts of trophies 52 114 28 49
Tusks 2 104,00
Veneer 1 1
Wood products 4 4 1 1
Total 1.024 46.556 587,52 59,11 824 40.834 275,32 20,78

1) Without cancelled seizures
2) State is owner of the specimens

Update: 29.05.2018

Informationen about seizures and confiscations by customs offices in 2016
Description Seizures 1) Confiscations 2)
Procedures
Specimens
Procedures
Specimens
Number
KG
L
No
KG
L
Stuffed specimens 21 147 20,00 17 47 20,00
Bones 2 12 1 10
carapaces, scales 8 11 150,13 7 9 150,13
Carvings 24 27 1.226,73 16 26 625,84
Caviar 29 16,98 23 12,93
Chips 1 0,02 1 0,02
Corals 286 2.471 2.361,38 274 1.916 7,38
Derivatives 2 36 2 36
Dried plants 1 0,20 1 0,20
Feathers 7 536 6 26
Garments 6 6 4 4
Hairs (quills, bracelets) 9 30 5 11
Living specimens 65 4.638 43 1.696
Leather products (small) 128 283 94 172
Leaves 1 28
Meat 9 1 2,32 9 1 2,32
Medicine, extracts, oil, scientific samples 262 42.155 23,67 10,88 218 39.698 20,76 8,60
Roots 9 2 9,00 7 6,03
Sawn wood 3 12 3 12
Shells 22 264 18 249
Skins, skin pieces 30 93 17 51
Hunting trophies and parts of hunting trophies 35 63 21 46
Tusks 1 2
Veneer 1 38,00
Total 962 50.817 3.848,43 10,88 787 44.010 845,61 8,60

1) Without cancelled seizures
2) State is owner of the specimens

Update: 05.04.2017


Follow-up on seizures and sanctions for regulatory offences imposed in 2015, 2016 and 2017
Status of procedures (14.09.2018)
from 2015
from 2016
from 2017
Outstanding procedures 12 18 63
Discontinued by Federal Agency for Nature Conservation 1.047 608 605
Cautions, in some cases with cautionary fines 174 179 197
Administrative orders imposing a fine 147 125 114
of which: currently being enforced by Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
4 5 2
of which: under appeal
0 3 1
Ongoing investigations into suspected criminal offences 1 3 22
Discontinued by public prosecutors/courts 36 35 22
against payment of a fine
(Art. 153a Code of Criminal Procedures)
20 21 14
Orders imposing punishments, sentences 13 13 5
Total procedures 1.430 981 1.028

In the following examples, fines of Euro 1,000 and more were imposed during the reporting period:


Proceedings resulting in fines

Import of 1 hawksbill tortoise shell (Eretmochelys imbricata)

1000,- Euro

Import of 360 packages with musk extract (Moschus spp.)

1000,- Euro

Import of 13 ivory carvings (Loxodonta africana)

1000,- Euro

Import of 48000 pills with costus root (Saussurea costus)

1200,- Euro

Import of 4 living Greek tortoises (Testudo graeca)

1250,- Euro

Import of 24 living snakes (Candoia carinata)

2500,- Euro

Import of 1 leopard skin (Panthera pardus)

2500,- Euro

Import of 1 pair shoes of Indian python-leather (Python molurus molurus)

2700,- Euro

Import of 63,7 kg raw ivory (Loxodonta africana)

3600,- Euro

Import of 8 crocodile-leather products (Crocodylus siamensis)

7500,- Euro

Import of 31,7 kg raw ivory (Loxodonta africana)

Imprisonment 10 month on probation

Import of 24 living Eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina) and 7 living Arboreal alligator lizards (Abronia graminea)

Imprisonment 9 month on probation

More detailed information concerning seizures, confiscations and administrative offences/criminal procedures are available in the German CITES biennial reports

Last Change: 20/11/2018

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