U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Administrative Updates to CITES Regulations

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published notice in the Federal Register of direct, final rulemaking to achieve certain administrative revisions to the regulations that implement the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the most significant multilateral wildlife treaty. An agency uses direct, final, rulemaking without a prior proposal when it anticipates that a rule will be noncontroversial. The new rules, which will become final May 24, 2022, come as the United States prepares to attend CITES CoP 19 with the 183 other treaty parties in Panama City, Panama in November 2022.