The international movement of wildlife and wildlife specimens (including parts and derivatives) for commercial and non-commercial purposes are regulated under the International Trade In Endangered Species Act 2008 [Act 686].
Commercial trade in specimens derived from regulated indigenous species, CITES-listed species or the import of regulated live plants and animals for commercial purposes may be allowed provided the specimens have been derived from an approved source. Companies that trade commercially in wildlife or wildlife products must ensure that they can demonstrate that their products have been derived from an approved source or are exempt from the provisions of the Act.
Please take note that the export of live indigenous amphibians, reptiles, birds, marine animals and mammals for commercial purposes from Appendix I Act 686 are prohibited although these may be eligible for export for non-commercial purposes.
Commercial exports of regulated indigenous CITES-listed species
The Act provides that export of specimens derived from a regulated indigenous CITES-listed species for commercial purposes may occur only if it is derived from one of these sources:
If you wish to have your wildlife harvesting, captive breeding, artificial propagation or aquaculture operation approved in order to be eligible to export specimens commercially, you will need to complete and lodge an application form with the respective Management Authorities (MA).
Commercial imports and exports of CITES-listed species
Specimens of CITES-listed species may be imported or exported for commercial purposes provided they have been derived from an:
Specimens of plants and animals listed on Appendix III may be imported for commercial purposes provided a relevant CITES authority in the country of export has given permission for the export.
Commercial imports of CITES live plants and animals
Malaysia has suffered both economic loss and environmental damage from the introduction of live non-indigenous plants and animals that have become weeds or feral pests. Respective CITES-listed species that is to enter Malaysia is subject to certain conditions on top of the issuance of a permit and certificates.
Should you propose to import CITES live animals or plants for commercial and non-commercial purposes, kindly determine whether the species is regulated or not under the Plant Quarantine Act 1976  and Animals Act 1953 [Act 647]. These restrictions are additional to the requirements for the import of CITES-listed specimens.
For general information about wildlife trade and conservation kindly contact the CITES Lead Management Authorities Malaysia (LMA) on email