CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. As such, the trade in certain species is governed by law.
The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is protected under Appendix 2 of CITES which briefly states that no products made from Nile crocodile may be exported or re-exported from South Africa without appropriate certification from the appointed authorities. An import permit into the destination country is not required unless required by the laws of that country.
In order for the certification to be completed, the customer’s name and delivery address must be supplied.
There are two ways in which the certificate can be issued.
1. If the goods are being carried out by a person, a manually written certificate may be issued and this certificate may be required to be presented to the customs authorities at the port of exit, together with the goods. This certificate may be issued by us at the time of purchase.
Depending upon the destination of the product (the import country), a CITES certificate may be needed from the controlling authorities at the destination. For this it will be necessary to produce the CITES certificate from the country of export (South Africa).
For international tourists who have purchased the product locally and paid VAT, the VAT can be reclaimed upon presentation of the invoice to the tax authorities at the port of exit.
2. If the goods are being shipped out of the country via courier or airfreight, application must be made to the relevant authorities for the certificate to be issued and the goods must be made available for inspection before the certificate will be issued. Once the certificate has been received, it must accompany the goods and be available for inspection by the customs authorities at the port of export. This process can take up to 15 working days - we arrange this on your behalf.
Once again the import country may require that a certificate be issued as described above.