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Reptiles: EU External Trade

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Labour, Scunthorpe

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.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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
Reptiles 2 89
Birds (non-poultry but includes game) 107 37
Reptiles 18 233
Birds (non-poultry but includes game) 962 90
Reptiles 12 248
Birds (non-poultry but includes game) 787 8
Reptiles 13 289
Birds (non-poultry but includes game) 964 14

TRACES does not record whether the animals are CITES listed or not.

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