Trade with Mexico Suspended for Products Subject to CITES Documents
Effective immediately, trade is suspended for any wildlife or plant products with CITES documents issued by Mexico. The trade ban applies to imports, exports, or re-exports if the product has a CITES import or export certificate issued by Mexico. This includes such products as crocodile or snake skins, orchids, mahogany, pet reptiles, cacti, and other plants.
Mexico faces the sanctions from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for not doing enough to protect the vaquita – a small porpoise that is the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The vaquita are present in the Gulf of California, where they become entangled in illegal gillnets and drown.
Mexico is working with CITES officials in Geneva to develop an action plan that will satisfy the international organization. Previous actions by Mexico fell short, resulting in these sanctions.
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife
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