This CITES report aims to provide an overview of all CITES-related seizures reported by Member States of the European Union (EU) for the twelve-month period January to December 2018 inclusive, so that these can be shared with key trade partners of the EU and selected third countries, as deemed necessary by Member States.
The briefing is based on all seizures reported by EU Member States having taken place both at EU external borders (airports, maritime ports, land boundaries and postal centres) and inside the EU (i.e. not at the external borders).
The quantitative analysis of these seizures and examples of seizures (in Section 3) are based on seizure records submitted in the 2018 Annual Illegal Trade Reports (including information on prosecutions) submitted to the EU-TWIX database by EU Member States. In 2018, a total of 27 EU Member States provided data on seizures which occurred in 2018.
A total of 6012 seizure records were reported by EU Member States in 2018. France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands reported 79% of all seizure records for 2018.