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Thailand facing trade sanctions from CITES

Thailand is facing imminent trade sanctions from member countries of the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES) after the kingdom has been warned over a decade that its laws for controlling illegal trade of elephant’s tusks is still not clear, said  Chutima Bunyapraphasara, Permanent Secretary for Commerce.
Ms Chutima said the deadline has been set where Thailand must strictly improve its implementation plan within the first quarter of 2015, otherwise it could face bans on CITES goods trading.
According to the approved National Ivory Action Plan, adopted during the 65th meeting of the executive committee of CITES, Thailand was instructed to amend the Plan and to submit it to the secretary-general of CITES's office by this September 30 and to report on the progress of implementation to the Office by next January 15 and March 31.
Thailand has been ranked on the ‘Primary Concern’ list for several years in the past, said Ms Chutima.
She said if evaluations to be submitted are still not satisfactory, then CITES could impose sanctions on Thailand.

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