International trade of endangered species
CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) regulates the international trade in more than 30,000 endangered species. Purpose of the Convention is to protect endangered species of fauna and flora through controls on international trade in endangered specimens.
CITES prohibits trade in almost 900 species threatened with extinction, while trade in the remaining 30,000 species covered by CITES is permitted but strictly controlled. Animals and plants covered by CITES, as well as their parts and products made from them, have to be accompanied by an official CITES document, that has to be obtained in advance. Look for the address to your own country's CITES authorities at the web pages of the CITES Secretariat.
CITES permitting in Finland
The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is the permitting authority in Finland, issuing permits and certificates for import, and (re)export to and from Finland. The form for import and (re)export together with instructions may be downloaded from this page.
Certificates for travelling exhibitions and personal ownwership
Travelling exhibition and personal ownership certificate, application form and instructions (pdf, 38 kB)
Contact details of the CITES Permit office