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CITES Restrictions On Musical Instruments Ending

By David Bandrowski

For a number of years musical instruments containing certain species of woods have been banned from international sale by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) without obtaining a CITES permit (this permit has been notoriously difficult to obtain due to international bureaucracy issues).

One of the main woods that was included on this list was all species of rosewood. As many of us know, rosewood is an integral tonal wood on many guitars and banjos. While Brazilian Rosewood is extremely endangered and has been rightly so illegal to trade with internationally since the '70s is still banned, this ban in the past few years went on to include other species that were not as endangered and were harvested responsibly and legally. 

Musical instruments were never the problem or the target, it was swept up in the guidelines over the past 2+ years. Thankfully, musical instruments have now exempted from these guidelines (except those with Brazilian Rosewood). This is due to go into effect in late November. So definitely by December of this year, we will be able to ship any instrument with rosewood on it to our customers living abroad. 

Instruments that featured rosewood were primarily Collings guitars, Waterloo guitars, and Ome banjos

Read the full story from the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) website here.

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Tags: Ome Banjos, Collings Guitars, News

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