Special CITES Advisory | November 28, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016
CITES Update

More than 250 species of rosewood (dalbergia), three species of bubinga (guibourtia) and kosso (Pterocarpus erinaceus) will be protected by action taken by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The regulation includes an annotation that is extended to wood parts and derivatives, including finished products like musical instruments. The expanded listing, which will take effect on January 2, 2017 is applicable worldwide and will require all manufacturers and retailers of musical instruments containing one or more the aforementioned species (excluding Brazilian rosewood) to obtain a permit from the appropriate management authority (in the U.S., it's the Fish and Wildlife Service) if they wish to export one or more instruments outside of the country. Domestic shipments will not require a permit.

 

For specific information, please read this letter from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to importers/re-exporters of rosewood
Additional resources for commercial import export are also available here
Webinar: NEW Regulatory Requirements for Protected Species and Musical Instruments

NAMM, together with partners including The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, League of American Orchestras, and The Recording Academy are hosting a webinar featuring experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency that implements the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in the United States. The webinar will offer information and guidance for compliance with tonewood and other regulations. 

 

Join us on Wednesday, December 7 at 12:00 pm EST for a free one-hour webinar that provides an overview of the rules for musical instruments and invites your questions. Register Here!

Please note: This webinar will also be recorded and available on-demand for those unable to join us on December 7.

CITES Sessions at The 2017 NAMM Show

Gather at The NAMM Show with your questions about CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) and learn about required compliance at the following informative sessions. Plan ahead! 

 

Import Export Forum: CITES and Other Issues
Friday, January 20, 9:00 am -10:00 am
NAMM Member Center
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B
 

Moderated by Mary Luehrsen, NAMM
Panel: Jim Goldberg, Goldberg and Associates; and Heather Noonan, League of American Orchestras
The recent CITES conference made significant changes with regard to international trade in instruments containing all species of rosewood.  This session will address these changes as well as other international trade and travel issues.

 

Import Export Roundtable: CITES Compliance Q&A
Friday, January 20, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
NAMM Member Center
Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B

 

Facilitated by: Jim Goldberg, Goldberg and Associates; Heather Noonan, League of American Orchestras: Ethna Piazza, Taylor Guitars
This informal discussion will address significant changes with regard to international trade in instruments containing all species of rosewood.

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