Criteria met: High volume
Principal trade term to the EU: skins
Percentage of global trade to the EU: 16%
Principal source: wild
Top EU importer: France
Top Trading Partner: United States
CITES Appendix: II
IUCN Status: Least Concern
In 2010, EU imports principally comprised wild-sourced skins (259,386 skins), with notable quantities of wild-sourced skin-pieces (3,199) and small leather products (2,629), the majority of which were traded for commercial purposes. Smaller quantities of skins originated from captive-bred and ranched sources (1,553 and 1,000 skins, respectively).
Total imports of skins increased by 26% between 2009 and 2010, while imports of ranched skins in 2010 were at their highest level since 2004.
All wild-sourced imports and the vast majority of ranched imports originated in the United States. The SRG reconfirmed a positive opinion for the United States on 14/09/2007.