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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on the number of (a) CITES-listed and (b) non-CITES-listed (i) reptiles and (ii) birds imported into the European Union as recorded by the Trade Control and Expert System in each year from 2000 to 2006.
The TRACES system is run by the European Commission. Use of the system became compulsory from the start of 2005. Although some records exist for 2004, these are not comparable with later years.
Number of consignments recorded on TRACES for each year is as follows:
|Within the EU||Outside the EU|
|Birds (non-poultry but includes game)||107||37|
|Birds (non-poultry but includes game)||962||90|
|Birds (non-poultry but includes game)||787||8|
|Birds (non-poultry but includes game)||964||14|
TRACES does not record whether the animals are CITES listed or not.