Between September 24th and October 5th 2016, some changes in CITES regulations were agreed at the CITES CoP 17 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The updated regulations will be applicable starting on January 2nd 2017.
The most significant changes for the music industry are:
- Inclusion of all species of Dalbergia in CITES II.
- Inclusion of Bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana and Guibourtia tessmannii) in CITES II.
- The assignment of an annotation # 15 to Bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana and Guibourtia tessmannii) and to all species of Dalbergia (except Dalbergia nigra, which is the only one in Appendix I of CITES, without annotation).
How does CITES affect me?
As a manufacturer or trader of musical instruments, it is very likely that at some point you will be dealing with wood or instruments made from one of the woods controlled by CITES.
It is important that you know how to declare your existing stocks of these woods, when it is necessary to process a CITES permit, and how to carry out the necessary paperwork.
In addition, having a solid knowledge of CITES regulations will allow you to advise your customers and offer them a better customer service. Please keep in mind that at Madinter we are at your disposal for any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us.