A Guide To The CITES Law On Rosewood Guitars


We explain how the CITES Law will affect guitarists. Could this mean guitars with Rosewood may become a thing of the past? UPDATE DECEMBER '19 - it's basically over!

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If you’re a guitarist, there’s a really good chance one or many of your guitars has been built using rosewood. Whether on the body of an acoustic, or more than likely the fretboard; rosewood has long been used to create guitars thanks to its beautiful sound, resonance and comfortable, hardwearing properties which make it ideal for fretboards. Now, with the new CITES laws coming into effect, those guitars you own could potentially be the last ones using that wood.

What is the CITES law?

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments designed to protect endangered plants and animals.
The CITES law was introduced on the 2nd of January 2017 and put restrictions on how certain woods were traded across international borders – especially the likes of rosewood.

Seeing as loads of guitars use rosewood for fretboards, the back and sides, and some guitars are entirely made of rosewood, everyone started freaking out a bit. Due to this restriction, the ordering of a guitar with rosewood became extremely difficult, as all of a sudden you needed CITES certification to trade rosewood guitars internationally.

Thousands of guitars and instruments using rosewood were suddenly stopped mid import and are still being held in ports all over the world due to the fact these guitars did not have the correct certification.

Fortunately, guitars with rosewood could be traded within one country without certification. However, if brands wanted to ship them internationally each item had to have the CITES certification stating how the wood was sourced and where it came from. This was to try and stop the highly valuable rosewood being sold illegally and help to discourage deforestation. Fortunately, almost all brands like Martin and Fender for example, are very responsible when it comes to sourcing tonewoods, however they, like every other brand will have to start applying for CITES certification for guitars imported into the E.U. after 4th Feb 2017.

What does this mean for guitar companies?

The bad news, is that due to the heavy cost of applying for these CITES certificates for large batches of guitars, is that certain brands will potentially have to raise the prices of guitars to keep up with the cost of documentation. To combat this extra cost, brands may start to completely phase out rosewood altogether.

The good news is that brands are looking to more sustainable tonewoods, making your guitar a far eco-friendlier investment. An added bonus is that your rosewood guitar could eventually become a collector’s item, too!

Fender are already changing their tonewoods

In response to the crackdown on rosewood, Fender have announced that they will stop using rosewood and other regulated woods on all their Mexican-made and American Elite guitars and basses from July/August 2017. American Elite has now been discontinued - you can now shop the new and improved American Ultra Range.

Mexican Fender Models using Pau Ferro

The Mexican fender guitars will now use the Pau Ferro tonewood that is very similar to the likes of rosewood. It was even used on the Stevie Ray Vaughan signature Strat – so you know it’s good!

Pau Ferro has been described as having a tonal quality firmly in the middle of Mahogany and Rosewood. It looks stunning thanks to rich caramel colours with black-purple lines and straight grain and is a beautiful substitute that we can’t wait to see on a Fender!

Fender American Elite (replaced by American Ultra) using Ebony fretboards

The range of Fender American Elite guitars and basses will now use Ebony for their fretboards. Ebony has long been considered a premium tonewood thanks to its rich warm tones, great bass response and smooth feel. We’re excited to see how these new guitars look and feel.

Does this mean I won’t be able to get rosewood guitars anymore?

Well it’s hard to say exactly what’s going to happen, but as the sale, import and export of rosewood gradually becomes more difficult to navigate, availability will surely suffer too. This means that guitar companies will look to other types of wood to create their guitars, and potentially phasing out rosewood altogether, as hinted at by Fender. This means that your rosewood guitar could eventually become a collector’s item in as little as 10 years as getting hold of a guitar with rosewood becomes as scarce as an original 58 Les Paul!

What other woods now fall under the CITES law?

Unfortunately, it’s not just rosewood that is going to be hard to get hold of as the CITES law also includes the likes of Bubinga and more.

Here’s a list of the tonewoods which now need CITES certification:

  • All Rosewood and Palisander species of the genus Dalbergia;
  • Kosso (Pterocarpus erinaceus);
  • Bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei; Guibourtia pellegriniana; Guibourtia tessmannii)
  • African Blackwood
  • Cocobolo
  • Kingwood
  • Granadillo

Our advice? If there was ever a time to buy a guitar with rosewood fretboard or rosewood back and sides, or any of the other regulated woods - now’s the time to do it!

Do I need CITES Certification for my guitar?

Not necessarily. If your guitar or instrument was made before 2nd January 2017, you won’t need any certification to travel with your guitar. In addition, the law only requires you to produces a CITES Certificate if you’re carrying over 10kg of Rosewood,which is highly unlikely – you do have to travel WITH your guitar though.

The CITES Law mainly affects dealers and brands. Brands will start shipping their guitars with CITES Certification, or provide you with a website link to get your certificate, should you ever need to prove where the wood is from.

You can:

You can still buy and sell guitars with rosewood (and other regulated woods) within your country and freely within the EU.

You can travel with your guitar freely as long as you don’t have over 10kg (22lbs) of rosewood and other regulated woods.

You can’t:

You can’t order a guitar outside of the EU without the correct CITES certification. This is the responsibility of the exporter / retailer.

You can’t sell a guitar internationally without CITES Certification. If you’re selling a guitar which is 2nd hand internationally and it includes any of the regulated woods, you may have to prove that it’s older than Jan 2nd 2017.

So how does this affect me and my guitar?

Unfortunately this is all still all very up in the air at the moment, but from what we understand it mainly affects people who want to SELL their guitar, not just travel with it.

Let’s pretend you have a vintage Fender Rosewood Telecaster and you want to sell it internationally – in this case it will need to be accompanied by a CITES certificate and marked pre-convention, stating that it was made before CITES came into effect. This paperwork will also vary depending on where you are sending it from and where you are sending it too – confusing I know!

The key problem lies in the way these rules are being interpreted across the world. For example, the EU Commission states that the new requirements do not apply to sales between EU member states. So, if you live in the UK and want to sell your guitar to someone in France, you don’t need a certificate.

In addition, these rules state that you should be able to travel freely within the EU carrying your guitar as a personal item without needing a permit. However, you may still need to fill in CITES paperwork to sell your guitars overseas even within the EU – yep it’s a bit confusing. If you are from the UK and need more information, we suggest you contact the APHA (Animal & Plant Health Agency) via their government site.

Can I travel with my Rosewood guitar?

Yes. There is no issue with you travelling with it. As it is for personal use.

Can I buy guitars internationally?

As of December 8th 2017, the UK is still a member of the EU, until such time as Brexit and any relevant trade changes are implemented, then the EU and UK are one and the same regarding customs and free trade.

You can buy a guitar in the UK or EU country and have it shipped to you without CITES certification.

You can even fly to an EU country and travel back home with it without a CITES certification.

You can tour without CITES certification.

However, if you buy or sell any guitar with rosewood outside the EU and have it sent via a courier, to someone who lives outside of the EU, it will now require CITES certification.

For example, you may live in the UK find a vintage Les Paul on an American site. If you buy this guitar and have it shipped to you via courier it will require CITES certification to be shipped to you or it may get seized in customs.

In addition, if you sell a guitar to someone outside the EU, say Australia or America for example, and you are in the UK and you have it couriered you will have to have CITES paperwork accompany the guitar or it may be seized.

According to the CITES law you can still travel freely with your guitar, by road or air, as long as you are with it and it has less than 10kg or 22lbs of regulated (rosewood) materials.

This means you can visit countries outside the EU and buy a guitar and bring it back with you on the plane. So if you are in the USA and you see a cool guitar in a store, you are free to bring it back with you on the plane without CITES certification.

To summarise, you can buy and sell guitars without CITES within the EU. If you want to buy or sell outside the EU and have something couriered i.e. you won’t be accompanying the guitar on the trip – you WILL need CITES certification.


In summary

In summary, this is basically how the CITES law will affect guitarists:

  • Importing/exporting rosewood will become very expensive for brands
  • Guitar brands will eventually start switching to more sustainable woods that don’t require certification
  • Getting hold of a rosewood guitar will soon become difficult
  • You can travel with your guitar without certification unless you’re travelling with over 10kg of Rosewood
  • Certain guitars will start shipping with CITES “Passports”
  • Travelling musicians won’t need to worry as you only need CITES documents for post-convention instruments imported into the E.U. after 2nd Jan 2017. However, you may be asked to prove that your guitar is older than this on rare occasions.
  • Your Rosewood guitar will potentially become a collector’s item
  • If you're going to buy a guitar with rosewood, NOW is the time to do it!

If you want to find out more about CITES, click here, or contact us if you’re concerned about your guitar.

Updated Information : 11/02/19

As reported by the Music Industries Association (MIA) the Music Industry International Coalition Meeting that took place at the NAMM Show 2019 sparked some serious interest as there was a special focus on the issues with Rosewood.

In fact, there's talk that Rosewood might return to cheaper guitars.

With the crackdown aimed at furniture producers, instruments were collateral damage when CITES laws governing the use of Rosewood came in.

With this as their argument, the "Music Industry International Coalition" are attending a CITES meeting in May which has led to their proposal to EXEMPT ROSEWOOD INSTRUMENTS from the CITES regulatory control.

As the MIA reports, fortunately this formal proposal has been nominally agreed but it needs the ratification at the meeting in May.

The proposal wants to:

  • Exempt finished musical instruments containing rosewood
  • Exempt finished musical instrument parts containing rosewood
  • Exempt finished musical accessories containing rosewood

There is also further detail concerning repair and warranty, 10kg limit etc.

We hope this is good news for Rosewood. More updates as we get them in may 2019.

You can read the full article here.

Updated Information 02/09/2019

Guitar owners rejoice! CITES restrictions on musical instruments will be lifted!

On Wednesday 28th of August 2019, the CITES convention in Geneva, Switzerland ruled that imports and exports of finished musical instruments, finished parts and finished accessories will no longer need a CITES permit. This includes all rosewood species except Brazilian rosewood (these protections remain in place).

This means that your finished musical instruments, parts, and accessories with Rosewood will be exempt from CITES restrictions. This exemption which will come into effect in late November 2019 (exact date TBC) according to a NAMM article.

However, all restrictions remain until that time. So maybe hold off on trading your guitar for a little while!

Updated Information 16/12/2019

CITES restrictions on Rosewood instruments have now come to an end – but there’s a catch.

As of November 26, 2019 musical instruments containing Rosewood (aside from Brazilian Rosewood and some others) are now exempt from CITES restrictions

According to the CITES convention, the US Fish and Wildlife Service won’t be issuing permits for the export of finished musical instruments and parts anymore. However, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) recommend that those wanting to export instruments “should check with the recipient’s country to see what permits, if any, are required.” Just in case.

So what does this mean for shipping guitars from the EU?

According to France's musical instruments trade group CSFI you no longer need a permit at all for the import of export of instruments in the EU.

But it’s always best to check as some countries may have restrictions in place. CSFI “strongly advise you to contact the CITES management authorities of the countries you are trading with before any transportation”.

In a nutshell, you’re probably ok now, but if in doubt, just double-check.

68 Comments on “A Guide To The CITES Law On Rosewood Guitars”

  • Cas


    First of all; thanks for the great article! I have one question though, just to be 100% clear. If I sell a '69 bass with a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard inside the EU, am I gonna need a certificate?



    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Cas, as far as we're aware you need a certificate for Brazilian rosewood any time you sell it.

  • Luke Manning

    Hi, thank you for all the useful info.
    I would like to ask if I can sell second hand classical guitars with rosewood backs in the UK. The date of the sale would be 2/11/19 ?
    In believe the guitars was made in China and shipped to the UK around 2002 to 2005 and one other made in the UK around 2005.

    • Lee Glynn

      H Luke, I wouldn't be able to comment on the exporting or selling of guitars in a business sense, but by the looks of the new updates, there shouldn't be a problem.

  • Jules aArris

    Hi, very interesting.
    I'm in Switzerland and trying to buy a 1968 strat from UK/France/USA. Nobody wnts to sell me one because of CITES. A 68 strat would surely have an Indian rosewood fingerboard (less than 10kg as well) so should be ok after November?
    Or any other Indian rosewood neck guitar from the UK outside the extremely expensive Switzerland?
    Cheers, thanks for the article!

    • Lee Glynn

      According to what we've read, you should be ok after November. -Lee

  • Wookie

    Fantastic article, and a wealth of information.

    Negotiating a deal as we speak for a vintage 70’s Gibson from a dealer in Australia to Malta, Europe. CITES a very real problem, and could blunder the sale. What isn’t clear is how to prove the age of vintage instruments with no receipt or rather what is acceptable for customs. I presume the dealer in my case (in Australia) will need to contact Gibson for documentation or proof? I wonder what this proof is, serial number records and signed declaration maybe?

    Would be great to hear from someone who has actually gone through this process.

    Thanks, guys amazing job keep us informed!

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi there, the serial number should be able to help out with proving the age. I'd also ask Gibson to confirm via email. Thanks for reading. Good luck with the guitar.

  • Peter Karakondis

    Hi Lee,

    My wife and I plan on moving from the U.S. to France permanently next year. She is French and I am American. I have ten acoustic and electric guitars and would like to keep most of them. We plan on shipping our household items in a moving container, and I would like to like to put the guitars in with our other personal effects.
    I have tried reading through different versions of the treaty but am not sure how my guitars will be treated in our situation. The only paperwork I have is sales receipts for two of them. They oldest guitar was built in 1965 and the newest in 2009.
    I have emailed CITES but have not yet had a response.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank You.

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Peter, according to what we've read you can: You can travel with your guitar freely as long as you don’t have over 10kg (22lbs) of rosewood and other regulated woods. As you're not selling the guitars and they are for personal use, I would assume you'd be fine. Just keep the paperwork just in case. But as far as we know, as you're not selling them i.e. exporting them as a business etc. you'll be ok. Make sure you store them in a case though! Those containers can get cold! Good luck with the move and all the best! -Lee

  • Simon

    If I buy an instrument from another country and being it back as carry-on, it should be ok without CITES documents?

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Simon, as far as we know, yes. As long as you're not taking anything over 10kg in Rosewood. -Lee

  • Jim Foote

    Hi, firstly thank you for the massively informative and clear article, and thanks for taking the time to reply to the questions, but most of all, thank you for updating the article with 2019 developments. My question is, have there been any developments since the MIA meeting in May? Also, regarding contacting UK customs to ask specific questions, who exactly would I speak to? I'm just predicting and endless telephone loop of being placed on hold and transferred from department to department! Lol. Thanks!

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Jim we don't have any extra info at the moment unfortunately. As for who exactly to contact, I would suggest contacting HMRC National Advice Line and explaining the situation. However, as stated if your guitar is under 10KG you should be ok! -Lee

  • Peter Lawson

    What happens if you buy a large rosewood humidor and you convert it into a really top drawer Cigar Box Guitar?
    It is a guitar in every sense and it has a rosewood soundbox.
    Any ideas ? I would be most interested to hear them

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Peter, that's an interesting question - I have no idea. But I assume from what we know, that as long as it's under 10kg you should be fine. Sounds like a really interesting project though. -Lee

  • Camphor Wildon

    I live in Japan I have bought a guitar with an East Indian Rosewood fret board. I will move back to the EU in about six months. Do you know if I need any specific documents to bring it with me? The guitar was manufactured in 2004.

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi, as far as we know You can travel with your guitar without certification unless you’re travelling with over 10kg of Rosewood. -Lee

  • Leonard

    Hi Lee,

    I would like you to add me in your newsletter so I could know if CITES will exempt export of Rosewood instrument parts.

    Thank you

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Leonard, you can sign up to our newsletter here https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/ the sign up is at the bottom left of the page. -Lee

  • Jonny Strickland

    I have been left some guitars as part of an inherited estate, they will be shipped from outside the EU in to the EU. They are all pre 2017. Do I need certificates if they are accompanied by probate documents?

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Jonny, I would suggest having the seller ship them with documents stating that they are Pre-Cites laws and contacting your local customs to make sure.

  • Allan Woodmass

    Dear sirs / madam i wonder if you could help , i have purchased a new guitar from Tundra music USA . UPS will not deliver guitar because its got rosewood finger board . i knew nothing about Cites permits . UPS are telling me its down to me to get the permit i thought it was the seller . Any ideas would be helpfull , Thanks A R Woodmass

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Allan, I would contact the seller about this. -Lee

  • Sérgio Marcelino

    If I buy a second hand guitar in Norway and wanted to travel to Portugal by plane do I need any certification? For instance a vintage V100 or a tokai ? Norway it’s not part of EU but they are in EEA. Thank you

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Sérgio. I'd say with the amount of Rosewood you'll be travelling with should be fine. But i'd check with local customs first.

  • Duncan Gordon

    Going through the process of selling 60's guitar with Brazilian rosewood fretboard to US buyer. Have been advised by APHA that I require an Cites Art10 cert to prove pre 1992 ownership before applying for Cites export permit. All guitars with Brazillian rosewood must have CITES cert as it's on Appendix1 protected species. Apparently it is an offence to sell any guitar with Brazillian rosewood without a CITES cert even in UK or EU, this applies to private sales,auctions, dealers,shops. This was the specific advice/info I was given from APHA in UK.

    The new 2017 legislation is for appendix 2 species like Indian Rosewood. Brazilian rosewood is much more difficult to deal with.
    You also need US CITES approval docs for the guitar to get into the US - to get these you must have all the UK or EU docs

    • Lee Glynn

      Thanks for the extra info Duncan! -Lee

  • Brad


    I have a self-built guitar with a rosewood fret-board that I am planning on giving to a visiting US friend as a gift. As it is not a sale by me or a purchase by them, what are the implications for them when they return to the US with it? I can certainly include a declaration that it is indeed a gift.


    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Brad, although we don't know the full ramifications of the CITES law as they are still being hammered out, I would assume that a declaration of the year it was made and the fact it is a gift should be fine. The law mainly affects transport of Rosewood over 10kg. I would contact the UK customs to make sure though. -Lee

  • Marni

    hi, if i’m ordering a second hand rosewood guitar from the usa, do i need to do any paperwork or will it come with it? thanks!

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Marni, it's the responsibility of the seller to ensure documentation is included.

  • Philip Hayes

    Hi, Can you tell me if the 10kg rule applies to guitar parts, specifically a kit guitar bought in the US and hand carried to the UK?

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Philip, we are unsure on this but I would assume that as long as it's under 10kg you should be ok. However, please contact your local customs office to make sure. According to our research, you can travel with your guitar freely as long as you don’t have over 10kg (22lbs) of rosewood and other regulated woods. As it's for personal use and you're not selling something across borders this should be ok.

  • Aaron Duffield

    According to Border Force in UK you CANNOT buy an instrument outside the EU without CITES paperwork, even if it is for yourself. This is considered a commercial transaction and they have stated to me I would need to have paperwork in place. This means you can't pick up a guitar in the USA and just bring it across the pond. Happy to be proven otherwise, but this is what I have been told.

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Aaron, this is useful information, thank you. Can you tell me when you spoke to them? We'll look into it and see if there are any official updates. -Lee

  • Gary

    I live in Norway and I'm thinking about buying a 1965 SG junior from a store in the US. The seller will provide CITES documents. He will ship via USPS. Will this be all that is required for me to get the guitar through customs (except any VAT & customs fees, that is)?

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi, as far as we know, the seller just needs to provide the CITES documents and you should be fine. However as always we would suggest contacting your local customs authority for clarification.

  • Jason

    I live in the United States and I am looking to purchase a Schecter guitar, artist series model that was produced after 2000, I believe 2004, 2005 that is currently located in Norway. I'm seeing that there may be issues with shipping this guitar due to regulations, Can you help me in knowing if I can be affecting by the CITES regulations. I've shipped and received guitars from overseas prior, but was never aware of any regulations regarding shipping. Is Norway part of the effected area that is under these regulations? I've contacted Schecter to ask if they used rosewood on this particular model, they have not commented back yet. I believe they used rosewood on this model. Is all rosewood affected or only the Brazilian Rosewood???
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Jason, if you read from the "Do I need CITES Certification for my guitar?" that should help answer your question. Although we would always recommend contacting your local customs office about this. A list of Rosewood types is also listed in the blog. From our understanding the seller would have to prove that the guitar is pre-convention. I would suggest asking the seller to include a certificate or document that proves this is. Again, please contact your local customs office regarding this. -Lee

  • Sebastien

    I found your article very interesting !
    May I ask if you have the CITES source for the fact you can travel with your guitar ?
    I tried to find it, but the only thing I found wad you don't need an import permit for, Pre-Convention, but you do need an export permit.
    (I bought a guitar in the US and want to bring it back with me by plane to Europe)

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Sebastien, we found all our information from the following sources https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/animal-and-plant-health-agency, http://ec.europa.eu/environment/cites/pdf/cop17/implementation_of_cites_cop17_listing_of_rosewood_clean.pdf
      , https://cites.org/eng/new_CITES_trade_rules_come_into_effect_as_2017_starts_02012017. I would suggest contacting the local US customs office about this. From our understanding, although we are NOT customs officials and can no way guarantee this, is that you should be fine travelling with this guitar as long as it is not a protected species (Brazilian Rosewood/Abalone etc.) and the amount of Rosewood is less than 10KG. Again, please contact the local customs regarding this. -Lee

  • Vassilis L.

    Hi, I bought a guitar from the US and the seller has provided the original CITES certificate alongside with some copies as well. Now the shipping company asks me to send them the original certificate. If in the future I would potentially want to sell the guitar, could I do it with just the copies of the certificate or would I need the original document to do so? (The guitar was made after the 2nd of Jan 2017)

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi, we are unsure. I would suggest keeping hold of the original certificate in case you were asked to present it.

  • Bill Brown

    Hi. I am buying a1964 Strat, with Brazilian Rosewood. It will require both the US CITES export Permit, and once obtained, I use this to get the UK CITES Import Certificate. These travel with the guitar, along with the Sales receipt so that US/UK Customs process it without difficulty. I paid $5000 for it and so will pay the import duty on that figure.

    Do you agree with the above requirements, or because it is pre convention, do I not need CITES certification?

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Bill, as it's under 10kg of Rosewood being exported you should be fine exporting that guitar with the US CITES certificate, based on what we know of the CITES regulations so far. As it's Brazilian rosewoood, you will need the US CITES certification at all times, so best to keep it on hand. Lee

  • Craig Stone

    Hi, Great article and very helpful thanks. Heres a question - Im in Australia and selling 2 guitars to a guy in Holland and will fly them to him myself. As you say its ok to travel with a guitar with an indian rosewood fingerboard as a personal item without documentation but what about 2? Yes its under 10kgs of rosewood but would 2 guitars raise some other issue? ie a commercial amount? Any help greatly appreciated. cheers, Craig

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Craig, Australian customs may be different, so it's best to check with them as I wouldn't want to give you the incorrect information. -Lee

  • Rafael Andrade

    Hello, I live in Italy and left a guitar with my brother in the US. Can he ship it to me without a cites certification?

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Rafael, we'd suggest checking with your local customs authority to be safe. -Lee

  • Aine

    Hi, we purchased a guitar for my husbands father! Everything good with the sale until we went to collect it! We are Irish living in Canada and want to bring it home! The sales man failed to mention when purchasing that the rosewood would be an issue!
    Now we are panicking that we could be in trouble leaving Canada! This guitar was not cheap and the good has been taken out of this gift!

    I know this might seem vague I’m not the most knowledgeable on this sort of thing!

    Thank you any information would be helpful

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Aine, according to the CITES law you can still travel freely with your guitar, by road or air, as long as you are with it and it has less than 10kg or 22lbs of regulated (rosewood) materials. -Lee

  • Jeff

    I am confused! I am buying a 1964 Fender Jaguar with Brazilian board. The exporter/individual selling to me has sent for a CITES certificate. He is now telling me that I may need one to import the guitar into the US as well. Is this correct? Thanks!!

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Jeff, it's best to contact your local customs officials regarding this. You can find information if you are based in the UK here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/animal-and-plant-health-agency -Lee

  • Me

    So, you saying, you can travel anywhere overseas with a pre 17 guitar or a vintage guitar an it ok? What anoying is it isnt clear an how do they know? If i go overseas with a 65 fender its ok? Cause what im reading if it gets taken thats it amigo. How do we be certain. Does a photo or a document save your arse? For instance i have a relic made 2016. Its on his fb posts being made dated as such. Does that save you? Or they just tryng to make coin on cites certificates. Thanx

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi, from our understanding it only becomes an issue when you are looking to sell your guitar. If you're travelling with your guitar, you shouldn't have a problem. Section 3 of this document https://goo.gl/jmcesb from the European Comission highlights this. If you are from the UK and need more information, contact the APHA (Animal & Plant Health Agency) via their government site. https://goo.gl/Wt6JbT - Lee

  • Phil Irwin

    As well as an instrument being shipped with a CITES Certificate, would I need to make any import applications for that instrument? Example shipping US to UK

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Phil, as the implications of these laws are still being hammered out, I would suggest contacting the customs authority from where you're shipping FROM just to be on the safe side. -Lee

  • Jarek

    Hi. I want to sell my guitar to the guy from USA. It's Ibanez with rosewood fingerboard. Where should I apply for the certificate? Is there any accuarte "step-by-step" info somewhere in internet? Please let me know.

    • Admin

      Hi Jarek, if you’re selling a guitar which is 2nd hand internationally and it includes any of the regulated woods, you will only have to prove that it’s older than Jan 2nd 2017 and you won't need a CITES certificate. If you bought the guitar after Jan 2nd 2017, then we'd suggest you contact Ibanez and see if they can send you a CITES Certification.

  • Orel Arokidas

    Im planning on getting a dean MS V guitar which has a rosewood fingerboard from their website and I live in Israel. Can I get it or at least in the future or will I never get the chance?

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Orel, to be sure, I would suggest contacting Dean directly. -Lee

  • Lester Backshall

    Ebony is on the Red List of endangered species, and Madagascan ebony is listed in CITES appendix II. You might want to revisit your advice on this, and also how the Lacey act impacts exports to the US.

    • Lee Glynn

      Thanks Lester, we'll look in to this. All information was correct at time of publishing and this keeps evolving. Thanks. -Lee

  • José Valverde

    Hi, if I'm buying right now a guitar that has a top wood of rosewood in an oline store at the US, and I'm planning on bringing the guitar to my country (Ecuador) using a courier service, would I have any problems, would I need to fill out some special documentatior or pay anything?

    • Lee Glynn

      Hi José we would advise getting in touch with that store. However, based on the information we have, the store you purchase from should ship the guitar with CITES certification. -Lee

  • Pete

    Does CITES cover any of the following:
    - ebony
    - mahogany
    - maple?


    • Lee Glynn

      Hi Pete, as far as we are aware, and based on information we have these woods are not under CITES regulations. Lee

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