Ivory Rulemaking Process Complete
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has completed a rulemaking process concerning the trade of African elephant ivory. While the rule bans most import, export and commerce of ivory products, the rule provides exceptions for certain pre-existing manufactured items such as musical instruments (e.g. guitars, pianos, violin bows) that contain less than 200 grams of ivory. Moreover, the rule provides detailed guidance on the transportation and trade in limited types of ivory products that are still allowed. USFWS will provide additional implementation guidance on the rule before it goes into effect on July 6, 2016.
The final rule has been published in the Federal Register and available here under docket no. FWS-HQ-IA-2013-0091. The USFWS has posted a Q/A document which discusses the rule in more detail and provides and chart explanation of what is allowed and not allowed under the new rule. NAMM members impacted by the rule are encouraged to review.
Questions about how this may impact your business? Don't miss the Issues & Advocacy Roundtable: Regulations That Impact Music Products Trade at Summer NAMM. Jim Goldberg of Goldberg & Associates, part of NAMM's government relations team, will be on hand to present and answer questions.