Import/Export Controls for Endangered Plants
Endangered Species Act 2010
The Isle of Man has agreed to adhere to the principles of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora, otherwise known as the Washington Convention or CITES. These principles are enshrined in law through the Endangered Species Act 2010. This legislation provides for the control and licensing of movements of restricted species and items from the Island overseas, or from overseas into the Island. This includes movements to and from the UK and Eire. This allows the monitoring of trade and protection of species or populations that are vulnerable due to over-exploitation through trade.
An application form for a permits is available to download below. Completed forms should be returned to the Department, leaving at least two weeks for a response. Consult the Department's Biodiversity Officers in the Forestry Amenity and Lands Directorate for further advice or to check whether a species is on the current list of Scheduled Endangered Species. This list is the same as Annexes A, B and C (not D) of the EC CITES Regulations (Regulation 338/97, as amended) which can be viewed on the UK DEFRA website. The lists include plants and plant products such as some types of timber and medicinal products such as Hoodia.
Please note that there may also be health considerations for such movements: advice on health restrictions can be obtained from the Plant Health Officer in the Agriculture Directorate.