The Future and our Woods (CITES and Dalbergia)


We would like to inform our clients that new legislation came into force on January 2nd 2017 regarding all woods of the species Dalbergia. They are now being listed in Appendix II by CITES, meaning that all woods of the species Dalbergia are subject to stringent conditions for import and export.

These new regulations affect all our friends outside the EU buying items from us made from the Dalbergia woods. Affected woods we sell are Cocobolo, Amazon, Madagascan, Honduras and African Blackwood. An export permit is now required for each order. It may also be that an import permit is required by the purchaser and it would be the purchaser’s responsibility to ensure that they follow the new laws of their country.

These new regulations will greatly affect us all and extend the time that an order takes to be ready for shipment, ‘emergency’ orders in these woods will no longer be possible outside the EU. We will have no alternative but to add the cost of the permit and administration to the order and the administration will take time.

native and sustainable wood

L to R Olive, Holly, Pear, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, these woods are currently being tested and not necessarily available yet.

On a positive note, we are fully aware of our responsibility to the planet and we support these changes to the law if they ensure that rosewoods continue to thrive. We are introducing a sustainable range of woods to our supplies and as well as beautiful boxwood we will be offering beautiful alternatives for the Dalbergias, we are working on finding suitable native or sustainable woods and will put a list on our website of what we can offer and recommend. This is a work in progress.

We urge our clients to be adventurous and in turn to encourage their clients to branch out (hhmm).

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