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The Ordinance

Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance

The Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance (the Ordinance), Cap. 586, is the local legislation which gives effect to CITES in Hong Kong #. The Ordinance requires a licence to be issued in advance by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (this Department) for the import, introduction from the sea, export, re-export or possession of specimens of a scheduled species, whether alive, dead, its parts or derivatives (including medicines). The Ordinance also specifies the circumstances under which no licence is required for trade in endangered species. The control regime follows closely the requirements under CITES.


# CITES has been implemented in Hong Kong since 1976 through the enactment of the Animals and Plants (Protection of Endangered Species) Ordinance, Cap. 187. It was repealed and replaced by the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, Cap. 586, in December 2006.

To Whom Does The Ordinance Apply?

The Ordinance applies to all parties, including traders, tourists and individuals, who conduct activities involving endangered species.

Scheduled Species
Licensing & Inspection Requirements
In Transit
Personal or Household Effects
Tourist Souvenirs Items
Other Regulations
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