Endangered species

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Basic information

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Outline of the system

By virtue of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), of which Norway is a member, import of such species that are covered by the Convention are subject to licensing. CITES aims to ensure that no species are threatened with extinction as a result of non-sustainable international trade. Species covered by the Convention are listed in Appendices I, II or III, according to how threatened each species are by international trade. Relevant for the purpose of this questionnaire are import of species listed under Appendix I and II of the Convention, as import of such species into Norway require an import licence issued by the Norwegian Environment Agency, in addition to an export permit issued by the CITES authority in the state of exportation.

The CITES convention is implemented in the Norwegian legal system through Regulation on the import, export, re-export and transfer or possession of threatened species of wild flora and fauna (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES) of 15 June 2018 No. 889, with statutory authority by

Law No. 79 of 15 June 2001 § 26 (2) (Svalbard Environmental Act, see http://lovdata.no/cgiwift/wiftldles?doc=/app/gratis/www/docroot/all/nl-2...)

Law No. 2 of 27 February 1930 § 2 (Act relating to Jan Mayen, see http://lovdata.no/cgiwift/wiftldles?doc=/app/gratis/www/docroot/all/nl-1...

Law No. 100 of 19 June 2009 § 2 and § 26 (Nature Diversity Act, see https://lovdata.no/dokument/NL/lov/2009-06-19-100/KAPITTEL_3#%C2%A726);

Delegation of authority of Regulation No. 889 of 15 June 2018 § 31 regarding adjustments of Appendices I, II and III to the Norwegian Environmental Agency.

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Product coverage

The Convention establishes a system for cooperation between all State parties to the Convention with regards to all import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention to be authorized through a licensing system. Products included in the licensing system are the species (and their by-products) listed in one of the three Appendices. The purpose of this coverage is:

(a) To place a strict limitation on trade in wild specimens and by-products of species classified as endangered, cf. Appendix I;

(b) To establish a system of monitoring of specimens and by-products susceptible to becoming endangered through a licensing mechanism, cf. Appendices I and II;

(c) To allow individual countries to exercise surveillance on importation in other countries specimens and by-products of species which are considered endangered by the exporting country only, cf. Appendix III.

Nature of licensing

Automatic

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If Automatic, administrative purpose

Non-Automatic

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If Non-Automatic, description of the notified Non-Automatic Licensing regime

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Products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports

See point 1 above. The licensing system allows importation in endangered species and their by products in internationally agreed circumstances.

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Questions for products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports

Not applicable (i.e. no quantitative restrictions).

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The system applies to products originating from which country?

The system applies to endangered species originating in and exported from all countries.

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Expected duration of licensing procedure

Eligibility of applicants

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Is there a system of registration of persons or firms permitted to engage in importation?

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What persons or firms are eligible to apply for a licence?

Citizenship and residency are not criteria.

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Is there a registration fee?

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Is there a published list of authorized importers?

Contact point for information on eligibility

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Ministry/Authority

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Address

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Telephone

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Fax

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E-mail address

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Website

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Contact officer

Submission of an application

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Administrative body(ies) for submission of an application

Documentation requirements

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What information is required in applications?

The applicant is required to provide information about the specific specimen of the species requested for import such as the origin of the specimen and the purpose for the request of import. The application form is to be found at https://soknadssenter.miljodirektoratet.no/CitesSkjema/Startside/Index?s...

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What documents is the importer required to supply with the application?

Documentation issued by the appropriate CITES authorities in the country of origin or in any subsequent re-exporting country authorizing export must accompany all applications. A product arriving in Norway without a duly authentic CITES export permit will not be cleared by Norway Customs and is subject to seizure.

Window of submission of an application

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How far in advance of importation must application for a licence be made?

An individual import permit is normally granted after a review period of 1-4 weeks provided the criteria for issuing a permit are met. Therefore, it is recommended that an application is submitted giving the CITES authorities reasonable time before the expected date of importation to review the application.

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Are there any limitations as to the period of the year during which application for licence can be made? If so, explain

N/A.

Issuing the license

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Can a licence be granted immediately on request?

See Answer 29

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Can licences be obtained within a shorter time-limit or for goods arriving at the port without a licence

Import licences are usually not granted retrospectively.

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Which administrative body is responsible for approving application of licences?

Permit applications are processed by the Norwegian Environment Agency, which is the single administrative organ that the applicant needs to contact.

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Must the applications be passed on to other organs for visa, note or approval?

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Are there any other conditions attached to the issue of a licence?

No.

Fees and other administrative charges

33

Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?

No fees.

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What is the amount of the fee or charge?

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Is there any deposit or advance payment required associated with the issue of licences?

N/A.

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Amount or rate?

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Is it refundable?

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What is the period of retention?

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What is the purpose of this requirement?

Refusal of an application

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Under what circumstances may an application for a licence be refused other than failure to meet the ordinary criteria?

An applicant for a licence may only be refused when the application fails to meet the ordinary criteria set out in the Convention.

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Are the reasons for any refusal given to applicants?

If the criteria have not been met, the applicant will be informed of the reasons for refusal.

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Have applicants a right of appeal in the event of refusal to issue a licence?

Yes.

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If so, to what bodies and under what procedures?

In such event, an appeal may be forwarded to the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

Importation

44

Are there any limitations as to the period of year during which importation may be made?

N/A.

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What documents are required upon actual importation?

Documents required upon actual importation are both authentic CITES documents issued by the appropriate CITES authorities in the country of origin or in any subsequent re-exporting country authorizing export, and authentic CITES documentation issued by the Norwegian Environment Agency.

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Are there any other administrative procedures, apart from import licensing and similar administrative procedures, required prior to importation?

No.

Conditions of licensing

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What is the period of validity of a licence? Can the validity be extended? How?

The validity of the CITES import permits is not subject to regulation.

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Is there any penalty for the non-utilization of a licence or a portion of a licence?

No.

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Are licences transferable between importers? If so, are any limitations or conditions attached to such transfer?

No.

Foreign Exchange

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Is foreign exchange automatically provided by the banking authorities for goods to be imported?

N/A.

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Is a licence required as a condition to obtaining foreign exchange?

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Is foreign exchange always available to cover licences issued?

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What formalities must be fulfilled for obtaining the foreign exchange?