CITIES update on instruments made from Dalbergia (Rosewood) – for players of musical instruments who travel abroad to perform.

We have recently been made aware that at the end of 2017 a CITES meeting took place in Geneva to look at particular CITES issues around the movement of the Dalbergia species – the affected woods we use and sell are Cocobolo, Amazon, Madagascan, Honduras and African Blackwood.

One particular issue was addressed, and through working with the appropriate authorities, amendments have been made to clarify the annotation for rosewoods. This has meant that it is now possible for musicians to travel with rosewood without the need for documentation.  We have attached a PDF version of the document for your information and so that it can be used and shared with any musicians who are concerned about travelling with rosewood fittings.

CITES E-Notif-2017-078 Guidance re Annotation 15

As a quick steer, page 2, point 5 is particularly helpful and specifically refers to; ‘non-commercial, cross border movement of items (such as musical instruments) for purposes including, but not limited to, personal use, paid or unpaid performance, display, or competition (e.g., on a temporary exhibition); and when such cross-border movement will not lead to the sale of the item and the item is returned to the country where the item is normally held…………..’

Violin scroll with Rosewood pegs

The next step in this process is currently underway and is to work on a similar annotation for the commercial sale of rosewood in instruments abroad.  The decision on this will be taken in 2019, and thankfully, it appears that CITES do seem to understand that the original listing was inappropriate, so are willing to help in making the necessary changes to help resolve the highlighted issues.  Until then though, any sales across customs borders will still require permits, and so, as a company, we still need to comply with these conditions for import and export, as we do now.

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