Issues & Advocacy

 

Trade

In a time of expanding global trade, NAMM monitors and advocates for trade policies and regulations that affect NAMM members who import and export musical products, including CITES restrictions and procedures, Lacey Act requirements or ivory content regulations. NAMM Members are encouraged to follow and stay informed on the following issues.


 

June 7, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has completed a rulemaking process concerning the trade of African elephant ivory.

May 10, 2016

The 7-year United States Agency for International Development-World Resource cooperative agreement that has supported the FLA is coming to an end on September 30, 2016.

February 23, 2016

On July 6th-7th, the Forest Legality Alliance will hold its Summer 2016 Semi-annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

When: July 6-7
Where: Washington, D.C. 
Location: TBD

January 5, 2016

California has amended its strict "Made in USA" labeling standard to bring it more in line with the federal standard enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.  The new law, signed in Septemb...

November 4, 2015

Please mark your calendars for the 14th semi-annual meeting of the Forest Legality Alliance membership, which will take place on December 15-16 in Washington, DC.

AGENDA AND LOGISTICS:

October 7, 2015

The United States Trade Representative’s office announced that it successfully concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, signaling it had reached a trade agreement between Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Brunei, Singapore, and New Zealand.

October 5, 2015

In 2013, the Obama administration created a taskforce to address the effects of wildlife trafficking.  As a result, in 2014, the U.S.

September 21, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposed rule regarding commercial transactions involving musical instruments and other products containing African elephant ivo...

August 17, 2015

A Washington State mill and its owner who state they supplied big leaf maple to music industry companies have been indicted on federal charges of receiving stolen federal property and violating the Lacey Act. Also indicted were three individuals who allegedly harvested bigleaf maple from federal...

July 29, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published for public comment proposed regulations [80 Federal Register 45154] to implement a previously-announced plan to ban the interstate sale of almost all products containing elephant ivory.  Text of the proposed rule can be found on the FWS website, ...

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