e-CITES, for a safe international trade of plants and animals

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The CITES Convention regulates the international trade of plants and animals (and products thereof) threatened by overexploitation. In Switzerland, the issue of up to 100,000 import, export and re-export permits imposes administrative burdens on management authorities and delays the economic activities of the watch industry (export value of 13 billion CHF). e-CITES is an Internet-based system with multiple functions, from simple paper-based application to highly confidential data management features for large importing/exporting companies. It reduces the delivery time of permits to a few hours and allows for a considerable saving in personnel whilst guaranteeing the respect of the CITES treaty.