Annual report

Parties' national reports

ANNUAL TRADE REPORT (deadline 31 October – subject to compliance procedures)

Article VIII, paragraph 7, of the Convention requires each Party to submit an annual report on its CITES trade, containing a summary of information on, inter alia, the number and type of permits and certificates granted, the States with which such trade occurred, the quantities and types of specimens, and the names of species as included in Appendices I, II and III.

In a number of countries, annual reports are among various outputs from a national information management system that records and tracks daily trade-related and other activities undertaken by CITES authorities. Such record-keeping and reports assist national policy-makers in defining, implementing and assessing their wildlife management and trade policies.

Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17) on National reports recognizes the ‘importance of the annual reports and biennial reports as the only available means of monitoring the implementation of the Convention and the level of international trade in specimens of species included in the Appendices’. The annual reports fed into the database maintained for the Secretariat by UNEP-WCMC provide the basis for comparative trade analysis, the Review of Significant Trade, quota management, identification of Parties with high trade volumes under the National Legislation Project, reports to various fora and overall compliance with and enforcement of the Convention.

CITES trade data are available to everyone and accessible via the CITES trade database on the CITES website. Specific requests for information may also be directed to UNEP-WCMC.

Parties have agreed on:

a) A standard format for annual reports and guidelines for their preparation and submission (see Notification to the Parties No. 2017/006 of 16 January 2017);

b) A deadline for annual reports: 31 October of the year following the year for which the report was due [see Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17)]; and

c) Measures for addressing persistent non-compliance with the obligation to submit annual reports [see Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17)].

The Conference of the Parties instructed “the Standing Committee to determine, on the basis of reports presented by the Secretariat, which Parties have failed, for three consecutive years and without having provided adequate justification, to provide the annual reports required under Article VIII, paragraph 7 (a), of the Convention within the deadline (or any extended deadline) provided in the present Resolution”; and recommended “that Parties not authorize trade in specimens of CITES-listed species with any Party that the Standing Committee has determined has failed, for three consecutive years and without having provided adequate justification, to provide the annual reports required under Article VIII, paragraph 7 (a), of the Convention within the deadline (or any extended deadline) provided in the present Resolution”.

See the trade suspension page