• CITES Permits no longer needed for most musical instruments

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    Update-August 28, 2019: CITES Adopts Exemption for Musical Instruments from Rosewood Restrictions

    Effective in late November 2019–the exact date to be announced–imports and exports of finished musical instruments, finished parts and finished accessories will no longer need a CITES permit.The exception applies to species of Dalbergia (Rosewood) with the exception of Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra) which remains on CITES Appendix I.
    The change culminates three years of work by the musical instrument industry and was adopted at the just concluded CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Geneva. IMHO the exemption for finished musical instruments is a long awaited common-sense measure. It will remove a major administrative permit burden on (traveling) musicians, buyers and traders of used and new instruments.