Robertson Jessel & Co Ltd and CITES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as CITES, aims to ensure that trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of endangered species in the wild by regulating and monitoring their international trade. The CITES Secretariat is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Convention came into force in 1975.

How it Operates

Approximately 5,000 species of animals and 28,000 species of plants are protected by CITES against over-exploitation through international trade. CITES works by subjecting international trade in specimens of selected species to certain controls. All import, export, re-export and introduction from the species covered by the Convention must be authorised through a licensing system.

Sustainable Sourcing

Robertson Jessel & Co Ltd only make products using skins from sustainable sources. We do not use species threatened with extinction. The CITES convention skins we import into the EU are accompanied by an export certificate issued by the government of the country of origin.

The rules and legislations vary from country to country. For these reasons, shipment of products may be delayed pending the receipt of the necessary authorisations from the exporting and importing countries.