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CITES Protections for Four Freshwater Turtle Species Effective Today

November 21, 2016: 
Effective today, the common snapping turtle, the Florida softshell turtle, the smooth softshell turtle and the spiny softshell turtle are listed in Appendix III of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 
Once a species is listed under CITES, any international trade in the species, either as live specimens or parts or products, must be accompanied by a valid CITES permit or certificate. Permits ensure trade is conducted at sustainable levels and provide a means to balance use and conservation of protected species. 
Export of CITES Appendix III species requires a permit issued by the Service's Division of Management Authority (DMA). DMA will issue a permit only if the applicant obtained the specimen legally and live specimens are packed and shipped in accordance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations. Any shipment containing wildlife must be declared to a Service Wildlife Inspector upon import, export, or re-export, and must comply with all applicable regulations.
For more information on CITES protections and for guidance on how to apply for the appropriate permits to import, export and re-export CITES listed freshwater turtles, please visit our webpagenews release, and FAQs.
If, after reading this information, you are unclear about the permitting process, please feel free to contact us at managementauthority@fws.gov  .


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