Criteria met: High volume
Principal trade term to the EU: skins
Percentage of global trade to the EU: 34%
Principal source: wild
Top EU importer: Greece
Top Trading Partner: Canada
CITES Appendix: II
IUCN Status: Least Concern
The majority of EU imports in 2010 were wild-sourced skins (13,272 skins), of which all but one were traded for commercial purposes. Imports of wild-sourced skins almost doubled between 2009 and 2010, reaching a similar level to 2008 imports.
Imports of wild-sourced skins principally originated in Canada (64%), with the remainder originating in the United States. The SRG formed a positive opinion for specimens from all countries on 2/9/1997 and confirmed the positive opinion for Canada on 16/02/2010.