Greenland and the Faroe Islands are part of the Danish Commonwealth, but they are not part of the EU. Greenland left the EU on 1 February 1985, while the Faroe Islands have never been a member. When it comes to effects covered by CITES, the same rules apply for transport from Greenland and the Faroe Islands to Denmark as between Denmark and other countries outside the EU.
If you own, for example, tupils, a narwhal tooth or something else covered by CITES, which you may have brought home from Greenland or the Faroe Islands, and which you wish to sell, there are different rules for what is permitted.
If you have taken home effects as personal possessions from Greenland after 1 February 1985, it is generally not permitted to resell them. However, depending on the time of importation, it may be legal to sell effects covered by Annex B. For objects taken home before 1 February 1985 or objects which have been imported into Denmark with a view to commercial use, resale can typically be permitted, but there are may require a permit for resale.
Reindeer and musk are not covered by CITES, and their products can therefore be brought home without CITES permits. Seals from Greenland are also not covered by CITES, and their products therefore do not require CITES permits. However, the EU has introduced special rules for the import of seal products, including seal skins from Greenland. As an ordinary tourist, however, it is permitted to take home seal products for personal and family use in your luggage.
Walruses are listed on Appendix B. Since 26 September 2006, it has not been possible to obtain an import permit for walrus products from Greenland, as the EU considers that Greenland’s walrus capture is not sustainable. Walrus can still be imported as personal effects or household goods, as an import permit does not need to be issued by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency for this purpose.
Polar bears are listed on Annex B. Greenland has per 1 April 2008 introduced a temporary stop to the export of polar bear products. This means that no Greenlandic export permits are issued, and thus the Danish Environmental Protection Agency cannot issue import permits. This further means that polar bear products cannot legally be imported from Greenland. However, it is possible to import polar bear products if they form part of one’s household in connection with moving from Greenland to Denmark. CITES permits are not required for this. The items may not be subsequently sold.
Narwhals are listed on Appendix A, unless they are narwhals caught by Greenlandic trappers, with permission from the Greenlandic authorities. When this is the case, narwhal is treated as being covered by Annex B (but not meat products for commercial use).
Since 13 December 2004, it has not been possible to import narwhal products from Greenland, as CITES permits cannot be obtained for this. However, it is possible to import narwhal products if they form part of one’s household in connection with moving from Greenland to Denmark. CITES permits are not required for this. The items may not be subsequently sold.
Sperm whale is listed on Appendix A, i.e. that when importing to Denmark, both an export permit from Greenland and an import permit from Denmark are required. In principle, it is only possible to obtain the permits if the importation takes place as part of a house move. The items may not be subsequently sold.
White whales, minke whales and pilot whales
Are all on Annex A, unless it is a whale caught by Greenlandic fishermen, with permission from the Greenlandic authorities, whereby the unit is treated as being Annex B (but not meat products for commercial use).
Persons with permanent residence in Greenland may, in connection with travel to Denmark, bring up to 10 kg of whale meat/ blubber in their travel luggage for their own consumption without obtaining a CITES import permit. The meat may not be resold or given away as a gift. The meat may be eaten with friends and family.
Questions about CITES permits in connection with import and export from Greenland can be directed to the Greenland Self-Government’s CITES office in Nuuk at firstname.lastname@example.org
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