This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) seizures
This indicator provides the number of Border Force seizures of species, parts or derivatives of species, and products containing species that have been illegally imported.
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Number of seizures
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) - An international agreement between governments, which aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. CITES accords varying degrees of protection to over 40,000 species of animals and plants, whether they are traded as live specimens, derivative items, or dried herbs.
Endangered species type
Figures provided in Border Force transparency data are given on a quarterly basis. The four quarters of each year have been summed to provide an annual figure of number of seizures, as quarterly seizure data is particularly volatile.
The total number of seizures may not equate to the sum of the CITES seizures. CITES record the number of individual specimens seized, whereas Border Force transparency data presented here reports the number of seizures not specimens. Moreover, this number may differ due to single and multiple seizures recorded by the Border Force data. Specifically, a multiple seizure is where two or more category types (e.g., caviar and timber) are seized on a particular occasion. Each of these seizures are reported against the relevant categories, but are only counted once in the total number of seizures.
The data displayed on this page does not include specimens seized by the police inland which have passed through the UK border undetected. In addition, data for 2019 does not include any seizures made at Gatwick airport during Quarter 4, due to a change in reporting systems.
Seizure numbers in 2020 were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, as there were extremely large reductions in both number of passengers and amount of cargo. In addition, enforcement work was disrupted by a stay-at-home order between March and August 2020, and changes to work practices on return.
Volume of seizures by type are also available from the source data (Border Force transparency data).
This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||17 August 2023|
|Metadata last updated||17 August 2023|