The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) is an international agreement that was originated in 1975 and that currently involves 174 countries. Specific requirements have been established for international trade in plant and animal species that are listed by CITES, and these requirements differ for each of the three defined CITES Appendices.
A number of AHPA's members market products that contain as ingredients plants, and in some cases animal species that are listed on one of the Appendices maintained by CITES. AHPA and its members therefore have an interest in CITES and need to understand the processes and practices that must be followed to be in conformity with CITES when importing and exporting CITES listed species. The purpose of this work is to provide that understanding.