TRAVELLING OVERSEAS WITH YOUR LEATHER PRODUCTS

Travelling overseas with your Crocodile Leather Goods there are a few things that you need to know about. The Australian government along with 175 other countries is party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  The main purpose of CITES is to protect targeted species against exploitation and protect ecosystems from the introduction of invasive species.  CITES generally requires permits for international movement of items containing plants and/or animals listed under CITES.

Australian Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is listed under Appendix II of CITES.  Those species are classified as not threatened with extinction now but might become so if the trade is not strictly regulated.

The population of wild crocodiles in Australia has dramatically increased since the prohibition of hunting in the mid-1970’s with estimates now exceeding 150,000 and growing.  The likelihood of Australian crocodiles becoming extinct is extremely low, but as they are a native species they remain under a government permit system.

Australian sourced crocodile is exempted from the formal permit requirement of CITES if the item travels overseas as personal baggage and is accompanied by a completed and valid Personal Baggage Permit.

How many Crocodile Leather Products can you carry.

A person can carry up to four crocodile products, such as bags, wallets, jerky, etc. in their personal accompanied luggage on a plane or cruise ship.  Each item must have Personal Baggage Permit and the Permit must be complete with a correct description of the item and your address.

Some countries have different requirements for the import of personal crocodile products and may require additional documentation.  We recommend you check the requirements of your overseas destination by visiting https://cites.org/eng/cms/index.php/component/cp

As a general rule, the following countries accept crocodile leather products as personal effects without the necessity for a CITES Permit.  If your home country is not listed, we can apply for a CITES Permit on your behalf.  The Permit takes 8 weeks to process at an additional cost of AUD $66.00.

COUNTRIES
Canada European Union

(Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden

Colombia
India
Japan
Republic of Korea
Namibia
Singapore
United States of America
United Kingdom

 

Warning: if you are stopping over in New Zealand on your way home, you will require two Personal Baggage Permits, one for your main address in New Zealand, the other for your home address.

The acceptance of Personal Baggage Permits by overseas countries is not as simple or uniform as it should be.  They are primarily designed for foreign visitors purchasing crocodile products in Australia, then returning home.  Unfortunately, some countries still require a CITES Export Permit and we recommend that you check the Customs requirements of your destination.

Though Personal Baggage Permits are designed as single-use permit and may have your home address stated on the reverse side, we recommend that you take your Personal Baggage Permit and Certificate of Authenticity with you as proof that the leather good is derived from an approved farm.

Never use a Personal Baggage Permit to post a crocodile product overseas.