CITES

CITES the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora.

As of January 2017 all species of Rosewood (under the Dalbergia) and Bubinga have been added to Appendix II of the CITES register. This now includes East Indian Rosewood, Honduran Rosewood, Cocobolo and African Blackwood. Meaning that these woods will now be closely monitored to ensure their sustainability.

Most wooden instruments are made from wood that is part of the Rosewood family and now falls under special regulations. All new instruments will be provided with additional paperwork to comply with the new guidelines.

I LIVE INSIDE THE UK/EU… HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?

If you live in the UK or the EU you will see a significant difference from the new CITES regulations.

When you purchase a new instrument from THE VIBE that is made from Dalbergia you will be issued a detailed invoice showing the woods that your instrument consists of. This document should be kept safe! you will need it as proof of lawful acquisition if you intend to travel with or sell your instrument in the future.

Customers who already own instruments containing Dalbergia can contact info@thevibe.london for a copy of your invoice containing CITES information.

I WANT TO TRAVEL WITH MY INSTRUMENT!

If you want to take you instrument out of the country it is recommended that your carry your invoice as you may be asked to provide proof of lawful acquisition (please let us know if you require a copy of your invoice).

Instruments that weigh less than 10kg (i.e. Clarinets, Flutes) are exempt from these regulations if they are being shipped / carried on for non-commercial use…. traveling with your instruments for paid or unpaid performances will be classed as non-commercial!!

I LIVE OUTSIDE THE EU….HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?

To export instruments made from Dalbergia a CITES re-export permit is needed. Some countries will require an additional import permit to allow the instrument to enter the receiving country. Import rules differ from country to country please contact us for further information.

An additional charge will be added to your order to cover the CITES permit and admin charges. If your country requires an import permit there may be an extra charge for this as well, we will let you know at time of purchase if this is required and the cost to you. The application process for the re-export permit will delay shipping slightly please allow minimum 10-15 working days extra for this, unfortunately time scales of the issuing for these permits is out of THE VIBES control.

When you purchase a new instrument from THE VIBE that is made from Dalbergia you will be issued a detailed invoice showing the woods that your instrument consists of. This document should be kept safe! You will need it as proof of lawful acquisition if you intend to travel with or sell your instrument in the future.

Customers who already own instruments containing Dalbergia can contact info@thevibe.london for a copy of your invoice containing CITES information.

If you wish to have your instrument repaired by THE VIBE you can ship it to us without CITES permits, as the ownership of the instrument remains with you and it is viewed as a non-commercial. Please mark your shipment with ‘FOR REPAIR’.

WHATS NEXT???

The CITES regulations have only been operational since October 2016. The situation is still developing and transforming and the guidance provided in this article is likely to also change. Procedures are still developing within the industry to deal with the new CITES regulations, as this develops we will update this article for you!!

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