Schweizerische Kakteen-Gesellschaft • Association Suisse des Cactophiles • Swiss Cactus Association       

CITES regulations for the import of Succulents
Articles of association number 2 and 3 of the SKG (Schweizerische Kakteen Gesellschaft) states that the SKG is responsible for the protection, propagation and distribution of endangered plants and that no trade in plants from the wild will be tolerated. In accordance with this, the most important information and regulations for the importation of succulents into Switzerland are listed.
Initial position and import regulations
Appendix I and II of the Washington convention on protection of species lists endangered animal and plant genera. Only with the documents mentioned below can animals and plants legally be imported into Switzerland. This is applicable for the import by mail as well as by individual passenger traffic.
For plants listed in Appendix I, CITES certificates are absolutely necessary!
CITES - (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) The following registered European nurseries, authorised in accordance to the CITES regulations to artificially propagate succulents, own such certificates (as at March 2002): Germany: Uhlig, Haage
Spain (Tenerife): Tenerosa Expor
Czech Republic: Bouma, Hajek and Rys
Switzerland: Ha-Ka-Flor
For plants listed in appendix II, Phytosanitary Certificates are required.
A Phytosanitary Certificate has to be requested by the nursery from the local phytosanitary authorities. The Phytosanitary Certificate only serves as a certificate for the protection of endangered species for export to countries that have ratified and internationally announced this procedure.
These countries are: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, Austria, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Singapore (as at March 2002). For all other countries, e.g. France, Spain (including Canaries), CITES certificates are required.
Advice: to allow the nursery to obtain the required documents, contact has to be made allowing enough time for this to be done.
Further necessary requirements
Date of entry into Switzerland has to be arranged in advance with, 1.The Chief Officer of the phytosanitary authorities. 2. The Customs Office. The Chief Inspector will inform you of any other procedures.
Links und Download
  • Details related to the above can also be downloaded as a Word- or PDF-document
  • CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The relevant appendices related to the protection of endangered species are to be found as a homepage or as Word or PDF file.
  • " General information from the Federal Office for veterinary duties, relating to the trade of wildlife and plants from the wild.