Saarbrücken / Speyer (ots) - Customs secured a Covid-19 mask made of crocodile leather at the international freight station in Speyer.
The package came from the USA. The customs declaration stated that it was a "face mask". A routine check revealed that there was a Covid-19 mask made of crocodile leather in the mail.
The crocodiles are threatened by international trade and are therefore particularly protected by the Washington Convention on Endangered Species. The trade in these animals and all products produced and processed from them is only possible with the appropriate permits.
The import permit from the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation was not enclosed with the mail and could not be presented in the last four weeks either. This means that the crocodile mask cannot be imported - not even for private purposes.
The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation decides whether the recipient of parcels in Berlin can expect criminal or fine-related consequences.
At the International Freight Station Speyer, mail,
those by land via Spain, Portugal, France and the
Switzerland to Germany as well as mail from the USA
The customs administration monitors the import and export of protected
Animals and plants, or parts or products thereof, according to the
Species protection provisions for both commercial broadcasts and
also in travel. Are protected animals or plants
illegally or without the required documents
exported, they will be confiscated by customs.
The crocodile is subject - depending on the species - to at least the protection status
according to Appendix II of the Washington Convention on the Protection of Species. Thereby
is an import from a non-EU country without an import permit from
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation excluded.
With WISIA-online (scientific information system for
International species protection, a species protection database of the Federal Office
for nature conservation) interested parties can quickly and easily
research which animal and plant species after the in Germany
applicable species protection regulations are protected.
Source: Read here
Originally written by: Main customs office in Saarbrücken
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