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Keelung Customs and Third Special Police Corps, National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior jointly seized 19 tons of chip board of Cyathea lepifera

Cyathea lepifera and chip boards

Keelung Customs targeted and seized 19 tons of Cyathea lepifera and chip boards  imported from Vietnam at early June based on the notification of the first corp of the Third Special Police Corps, National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior at the end of May. The commodity was confirmed as Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora(CITES)-listed plants. Because the importer failed to submit CITES export permit issued by the exporting country, the case was transferred to the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs for further investigation.


Keelung Customs says that importers of CITES-listed species and relevant products should file customs clearance with CITES export permit proactively. In order to conserve endangered species and stop illegal trades to the detriment thereof, Taiwan, though not one of the Parties, should be bound by the convention toward such goals.


Keelung customs further explains that the seized Cyathea lepifera under the category of genus Cyathea is listed in Appendix Ⅱ of the endangered species of wild fauna and flora specified by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and grows in humid areas ranging from tropical rain forests to temperate forests. Horticultural pots, chip boards, pillars, chips of Cyathea lepifera are all made of tangling aerial roots thereof and with great economic value. Such import without getting CITES export permit is in violation of Article 13-1 Foreign Trade Act and can be subject to a fine of not less than NT$30,000 nor more than NT$300,000 in addition to any other heavier penalty imposed by Bureau of Foreign Trade. Importers should make sure scientific names of species before import and check whether imports are CITES-listed species or not by consulting the website of Bureau of Foreign Trade at https://www.trade.gov.tw/English/ to avoid loss due to violation of relevant laws and regulations.



Keelung customs, CITES, wild fauna and flora

  • Publish Date:2018-07-13
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