Ivory: Overseas Trade

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of ivory imports to and exports from the UK in each of the last five years.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Import and export permits for bringing ivory into and out of the UK are managed on behalf of Defra by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

The number of permits used for import in the last five years is shown below:

Year

Ivory imports to the UK

Ivory (RE) exports from the UK

2012

332

1396

2013

428

1703

2014

197

1446

2015

120

964

2016

314

785

Data for 2017 is not yet available.

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