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Cayman CITES Law

The Cayman Islands local CITES legislation is known as the Endangered Species (Trade and Transport) Law (the “Law” or “ESTTL”). The Law was commenced on 01 July 2015. A copy of the Law can be found at


As a person or business trading locally in CITES-listed products, you are obligated to know and understand the provisions and restrictions contained in the ESTTL. Any failure to comply with local and international laws may lead to confiscation of the product(s), fines and/or imprisonment by local or foreign Customs officials when trading.


What is CITES?

CITES stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of those species of plants or animals.


How CITES works

CITES works by subjecting international trade in specimens of selected species to certain controls. All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system. Each Party to the Convention must designate a Management Authority in charge of administering that licensing system and a Scientific Authority to advise on the effects of trade on the status of the species.


CITES Application form

For more information on local CITES, and/or to download a Cayman Islands CITES Trader Registration form, please visit   or click on the information and forms sections of this page.


To learn more about CITES internationally, please visit