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18 July 2018

Launch of the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 –
Phasing Out the Local Trade in Ivory

The QTS Secretariat would like to inform QTS merchants the new control measures for elephant ivory and elephant hunting trophies after the Amendment Ordinance takes effect.

According to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 takes forward a three-step plan to enhance regulation on import and re-export of elephant ivory and elephant hunting trophies, and to phase out the local ivory trade. Details are as follows:

Step 1:

Ban the import and re-export of all elephant hunting trophies and those remaining post-Convention ivory items, the import, export and re-export of which are currently permissible under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES). This step is in effect since 1 May 2018.

Step 2:

Ban the import and re-export of pre-Convention ivory (save for antique ivory) and subject the commercial possession of pre-Convention ivory (save for antique ivory) in the local market to licensing control similar to the existing control on post-Convention ivory. This step will take effect from 1 August 2018.

Step 3:

Ban the possession for commercial purposes of all ivory (save for antique ivory) including pre-Convention ivory and post-Convention ivory. This step will take effect from 31 December 2021.

The Quality Tourism Services Scheme Secretariat therefore reminds all QTS-accredited merchants to pay attention to these new measures and take all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure compliance with this Amendment Ordinance.

For more information, please refer to:
http://www.afcd.gov.hk/english/conservation/con_end/con_end_info/con_end_info_cir/files/ES02_18e.pdf
https://www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20182206/es1201822067.pdf

 

 

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