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Protection of cetaceans


This Regulation introduces measures restricting imports into the Community of cetacean products.


Council Regulation (EEC) No 348/81 of 20 January 1981 on common rules for imports of whales or other cetacean products.


The introduction into the Community of cetacean products to be used for commercial purposes is prohibited.

An import licence is required for the introduction of products used for other purposes. These include:

  • meat and offal, edible or unfit for consumption;
  • extracts and juices of meat;
  • meat meal and powder, and offal unfit for consumption;
  • whalebone and similar cetacean products;
  • greases and oils;
  • spermaceti from whales and other cetaceans;
  • products treated with oil from whales or other cetaceans or made from leathers and hides treated with such oil.

The Member States are responsible for issuing import licences.

The list of products subject to an import licence may be extended.

This Regulation has been incorporated in Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 (see below under "related acts").


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Regulation (EEC) No 348/811.1.1982-OJ L 39 of 12.8.1981


Regulation (EC) No 338/97of 9 December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein [Official Journal L 61 of 3.3.1997].
To conserve endangered species of wild fauna and flora, this Regulation controls trade in such species by imposing conditions on the importation, exportation or re-exportation thereof and on their movement within the European Union, in accordance with the CITES Convention.

Last updated: 01.09.2006
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