Control and checking of shipments of CITES specimens
Directed to Parties
In order to improve enforcement, Parties should take the necessary measures to develop a comprehensive strategy for border controls, audits and investigations, by:
a) taking into account the different procedures for Customs clearance of goods and Customs procedures such as transit, temporary admission, warehouse storage, etc.;
b) ensuring that officers in charge of control are aware of and trained in CITES matters regarding, for example, CITES requirements, identification of specimens and the handling of live animals;
c) implementing document control in order to ensure the authenticity and validity of CITES permits and certificates, especially, if necessary, by requesting the Secretariat to confirm their validity;
d) conducting physical examination of goods, based on a policy of risk assessment and targeting;
e) increasing the quality of controls at the time of export and re-export; and
f) providing the necessary resources in order to reach these objectives.
Directed to the Secretariat
The Secretariat shall cooperate with the World Customs Organization, ICPO-Interpol and competent national authorities to:
a) prepare and distribute appropriate training material; and
b) facilitate the exchange of technical information between the authorities in charge of border controls.
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