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.


February 3, 2015

On the heels of ivory ban laws enacted last year in New Jersey and New York, legislatures in several other states have seen the introduction of bills to ban the sale of ivory and ivory-containing products, including musical instruments.  Bills have been introduced in California, Connecticut, Hawa...

December 8, 2014

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a guidance document ( which sets forth the agency's implementation plans for a recently-enacted law banning the sale of most products containin...

October 31, 2014

In an effort to clarify inconsistent interpretations of Appendix III timber listings, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has issued a Notification to the Parties which outlines its views on how trade should be regulated in these listings.  The n...

October 3, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Advisory Council on Wilidlife Trafficking will meet on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

August 12, 2014

Forest Legality Alliance is a key organization focused on promoting the trade of legal wood products. Most recently, FLA, in collaboration with Reforestamos Mexico and the European Forest Institute have enhanced Mexico’s national forest policy.

July 7, 2014

Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to maintain the regulation of ivory-containing musical instruments and other products as such rules existed on February 24, 2014, the day prior to the issuance of Fish and Wildlife Service Director's Order 210.  The House version of the "Lawful I...

June 26, 2014

Legislatures in New Jersey and New York have passed bills prohibiting the sale of products containing ivory (including elephant, mammoth and walrus).  As of June 26, both bills were awaiting signature by the Governor.

June 24, 2014

The Fish & Wildlife Service has amended the "use after import" provisions of its CITES regulations (50 CFR 23.55) to allow for the commercial sale of musical instruments and other products containing CITES Appendix I species (e.g., ivory, Brazilian rosewood and Hawksbill turtle shell).

June 14, 2014

Earlier today the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held a hearing on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed ivory ban. Arian Sheets, Curator of Stringed Instruments at the National Music Museum, gave the following testimony: