11 April 2019
Argentina Temporarily Lifts Import Restrictions on Certain Alligator Hides
Argentina’s Secretariat of the Environment and Sustainable Development has issued a regulation that allows for a period of one year the temporary importation of whole, raw hides of the species Caiman crocodilus and Caiman yacare, subject to certain conditions. According to Resolution 134/2019, Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora allows Argentina and the other signatory parties to establish measures to control the commerce of Caiman crocodilus and Caiman yacare and prevent any practices that are deemed incompatible with the survival of these two alligator species.
The current exemption is limited to raw hides with a length greater than 50 centimetres but less than 70 cm. The exemption does not cover imports of alligator hides that have been tanned and finished or finished and cut because Argentina is only allowed to export Caiman yacare products and sub-products obtained from ranch-raised alligators. Only persons or companies that raise Caiman latirostris and/or Caiman yacare alligators in a farm or ranch that have been registered as an importer/exporter for at least three years and comply with certain requirements may take advantage of this exemption.