What is CITES?

CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments, which works to regulate the global marketplace for wild animals and plants to ensure trade does not threaten their survival in the wild.  

The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus Niloticus) is protected under Appendix II of CITES, described as a species that is not threatened with extinction but might become so if the trade is not regulated. All products made from Nile crocodile require a CITES certificate, issued by the appointed authorities, to be exported or re-exported from any country. An import CITES permit for the destination country is not required unless required by the laws of that country.

For more information about CITES please visit the official CITES Website.


Travelling with your calie parese product

When travelling internationally from the UK with your product as personal effects, in your personal luggage, you do not require any CITES documentation. The sales invoice you receive at the time of purchase serves as the proof that those items have been legally obtained in the UK and allows you to travel with them.

Please note that this is restricted to four crocodile skin pieces per person.

We strongly advise that you check if the countries you are travelling to have additional requirements to the UK. The relevant CITES Authority of the country you are travelling too will be able to advise you on their laws. These contact details can be found on the official CITES Website.


Exporting your calie parese products

If you want to export your crocodile skin products out of the UK you will have to obtain a re-export CITES certificate. To apply for a re-export CITES you will need the UK import CITES permit from Calie Parese. Please email us at where we will gladly provide the import CITES for your products.

Every country has its own requirement when importing CITES regulated products. If they require an import CITES permit, please note this has to be applied for before the export takes place. Please contact the CITES Authority of the country you wish to import into for information on their legal requirements. These contact details can be found on the CITES website.

We highly recommend you use a shipping company that specialises in the export/import of exotic skins. Exporting/importing exotic skins can be a very complicated and costly exercise if you have never done it before.

For more information on CITES exports and imports please visit GOV.UK.