Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator)

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

EU-reported imports of Alligator mississipiensis skins (excluding skins reported in kg) from the three main sources (‘W’, ‘C’ and ‘R’; ‘W’ includes ‘U’), all purposes, 2001-2010.

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.