Trade in endangered plant and animal species protected by the international CITES Convention is subject to severe restrictions. Each protected animal, plant or product thereof must be accompanied by documents provided by CITES Convention, the EU and national regulations. These documents must accompany live or dead animals, plants, their parts and products thereof at import and export. The authority competent to issue such documents in Slovenia is the Slovenian Environment Agency.
Import and export permits for CITES subjects are not necessary in certain cases, as for example for goods in passenger traffic which are intended for personal or household use:
Customs authorities check whether consignments containing protected plant or animal species are accompanied by relevant permits at import in, export or re-export from the EU and transit across the customs territory of the EU. Items of protected animal or plant species which are not accompanied by the required permits, are confiscated by customs authorities who can initiate an offence or criminal procedure against the offender.
When passing through border-crossing points, travellers must declare to customs items of protected plant or animal species. At border-crossing points with two separate channels (red and green channels, e.g. at airports), travellers carrying such goods must go through the red channel (“Goods to declare”). When in doubt whether or not to declare the goods, it is recommended that travellers declare to customs all the goods they are carrying.