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.


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, ...

July 27, 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...

July 16, 2015

Understanding the import and export regulations can be daunting. For NAMM Members who attended the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, experts were on hand to explain the regulatory process and give updates at the Import-Export Forum.

July 13, 2015

The 13th semiannual Forest Legality Alliance meeting will take place on July 14-15, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

June 25, 2015

In 1961, the California legislature amended the Unfair Competition Law to include a “Made in the U.S.A.” provision (Bus. & Prof. Code §17533.7) as a response to foreign companies falsely marketing their foreign-made products.

April 28, 2015

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

April 17, 2015

Forest Legality Alliance is an information and service organization that focuses on promoting the trade of legal wood products.

February 3, 2015

Last month, the Washington state legislature introduced a bill (SB 5241) that, if approved, would ban many products containing elephant and mammoth ivory. NAMM is committed to working with state and federal legislators to ensure that a reasonable and fair resolution is adopted. 

February 3, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that Guatemala has listed four of its rosewood species (Dalbergia calycina, Dalabergia subilquitzensis, Dalbergia glomareta and Dalbergia Tucurensis) on CITES Appendix III, effective February 5, 2015.  The listing means that companies wish...