Cites Rules And Regulations fossils

Requirements for import + export of fossils

Trades involving Natural Heritage (natural sites, biological and formations) are governed by a number of national, and international regulations. CITES is in place to protect endangered species, where as fossils are extinct and not in need of protection, however certain countries wish to keep their heritage and therefor deem certain fossil specimens illegal for importation and exportation.

Buyers as well as sellers are expected to take all reasonable steps to guarantee the lawfulness of what they buy and sell, to avoid contravening the 1970 UNESCO Convention.

THE FOSSIL STORE™ experts select each item to be listed, this ensures positive verification of each specimen and its provenance, to ensure compliant and legal trade.

International Laws

THE FOSSIL STORE™ does not export fossils from the following highly restricted and governed countries; (including rare fossil deemed illegal by authorities in other countries that are not listed below)

China, Brazil, Russia, Lebanon, Chile, South Africa + Mongolia.

(as a rule we do not acquire fossils from South America + Asia)

Laws on Import, Export + Sale of Fossils >

The CITES rules and regulations are subject to regular changes + updates. With this in mind, we strongly recommend you research the lawfulness of the fossil that you wish to ascertain from any reputable fossil retailer. The following links below provide all the information you might need:

EU CITES Regulations

For the EU Internal Regulations ref. CITES Annexes B, C and D, go to: ( see Page 16 )

EU Internal Regulations >

Selling endangered Species if applicable - rules and regulations may be subject to change and why we have provided this link:

Rules + Regulations on Endangered Species >

Form application for a certificate to use a CITES-listed specimen if required by law: 

Certificate for CITES-Listed Specimen >

Article 10 Certificate

For an English Language application for an Article 10 Certificate, go to: 

Article 10 - Certificate Application >

CITES list + updates

For a constantly updated list of CITES listed species: (consult Wikipedia to find the Latin species’ name) 

CITES Listed Species >

 CITES Species Checklist >

For regular CITES email updates including species-listing, go to:

CITES Email Updates >

EU CITES Authorities

For the list of current CITES Authorities within the EU, go to:

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species >

Environment - LIFE Projects by Theme >

International Laws - Import, Export + Sale of Fossils

The Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences is offering a reference of International Fossil Laws for Academic and Independent Paleontologists, as well as students and fossil enthusiasts

The Journal of Palaeontological Sciences >

UNESCO 1970 - Illicit Import, Export + Transfer

Evaluation of UNESCO’s Standard-setting Work of the Culture Sector

Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership >

Accredited Authorised Appraisers

For information on Authorised Appraisers within a particular EU Member State, check with your local Governments and accredited Museums.




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