283. Scope of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

International trade in endangered species, in so far as it is conducted within the EU, is regulated by a set of European Regulations giving effect to the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (known commonly as 'CITES')1. This legislation is directly applicable in member states2, and is enforced in the United Kingdom by regulations3.

Whereas member states may have additional, and stricter, controls over the trade in animals covered by this legislation4, it is clear that regard must be had to the requirements of free trade within the EU; thus controls which are