(Updated) Last Week to Submit Public Comments

The comment period is now closed, more than one million comments received. U.S. FIsh and Wildlife Service will review comments before issuing a final rule, which is not expected until 2016. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposed rule regarding commercial transactions involving musical instruments and other products containing African elephant ivory.  The rule makes certain revisions to Director’s Order 210, which became effective May 15, 2014. Specifically the rule:

  • Establishes if and how musical instruments may be exported
  • Provides for an exemption from the general ban on interstate commerce in ivory products for those containing a de minimis amount of ivory (200 grams or less)
  • Revises how antiques are defined and how they may be sold in interstate commerce

An in-depth Q/A document issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides additional information on the proposed rule.  The public comment period closes September 28; instructions on how to file comments are now available

To view NAMM's response to the proposed rule, click here
To track other ivory related federal and state legislation, click here