28 November 2023
Canadian Custom Brokerage

Canada implements stricter measures for elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn trade

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, announced a stricter approach to trade for Canada that will further limit the ability to transport all elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn across Canadian borders.

These new, stricter measures will result in the prohibition of the import and export of raw elephant ivory and raw rhinoceros horn with very limited exceptions (i.e., where destined for a museum or zoo, use in scientific research, or use in support of law enforcement), and prohibit the import of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn hunting trophies.

Also, permits will now be required for household items and personal effects of worked elephant ivory and worked rhinoceros horn.

These changes will come into effect on January 8, 2024.

Canada adheres to its obligations on the trade of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), through a permitting system for imports, exports, and re-exports. In some instances, Canada already has stronger requirements than CITES, requiring additional permits.

Link: Import and export of elephant tusk (ivory) and rhinoceros horn

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