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Madagascar: Lifting the ban on the commercial export of products made with crocodile skin

The Convention on international trade in species of wild flora and fauna threatened with extinction, CITES, or Convention in Washington, recently lifted the embargo on the Malagasy economic actors and their activities related to the sale for export of products derived from the skin of crocodile.
The CITES during its 65th session which took place from 7 to 11 July 2014 in Geneva thus acknowledged the efforts made by the sector in its management and in particular on the thorny question of traceability.
The lifting of the embargo will be definitively recorded within a month after the institution has published a decree to that effect and which will be then translated into Malagasy language.
Crafts made from crocodile skin will be more subject to any prohibition on exportation.
On the other hand, the finished products and skins from the ranches of the island will be allowed to supply foreign markets on the horizon of 2016, as reported by the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.
"After all these years of moratorium, the arrival of such a measure can that do us good. Now, we can sell our products to tourists, especially for the high tourist season," said Andry Ranaivo­jaona, seller of articles made from crocodile skin.
As a reminder, the prohibition of commercial exploitation of crocodile skin dated 2008. And if trade continued locally, exports outside of Madagascar was strictly prohibited.

Antso Rajaona

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