Procedure for Licensing

A commercial wildlife exporter must have a commercial exportation licence and a holding premises licence. Since commercial wildlife exporters may buy and sell wildlife locally, a commercial licence is also issued. The process for obtaining a commercial exportation licence is as follows:

  1. Complete the application for a commercial exportation licence. Ensure all supporting documents are attached.
  2. Complete the application for a holding premises licence. Ensure all supporting documents are attached.
  3. Submit the applications on or before the published deadline. The deadline for applications will be posted on the website.
  4. Pay the application fee.

Once applications are received, they are scrutinized to ensure they are complete and that supporting documents are attached. Incomplete applications are rejected. Once the applications have been scrutinized and are considered complete, new applicants are invited to attend an interview. At the interview, the applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the following:

  • Laws governing the wildlife trade in Guyana
  • Procedures related to the export of wildlife
  • Care and handling of the categories of wildlife applied for
  • Economic feasibility of the applicant’s (proposed) wildlife export business.

The applicant’s holding premises will be inspected by the Veterinary Officer to determine whether it complies with the provisions of the Species Protection Regulations 1999.

The report of the Veterinary Officer along with the report of the Review Panel will be forwarded to the Wildlife Management Authority for decision. If the Wildlife Management Authority recommends approval, an individual export quota for the applicant is determined and the licences for the new trading season are prepared. Each licence costs GYD 50,000.


  Wildlife Division. EPA Building, Ganges St., Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana
t. +592 223 0331
  2015-11-05 RedSpider