CITES information

The music industry has been informed of new rules regarding the wood used to make some musical instruments, including most Howarth instruments. Please read the following carefully as it may affect you and your instrument.



What's happening?

  • From January 2nd 2017 new regulations were introduced concerning all forms of Rosewood, the wood from which many woodwind instruments are made. This includes African Blackwood, Cocobolo and all other woods from the genus Dalbergia.

Why?

  • These regulations have been made necessary by the introduction of the genus Dalbergia to Appendix II of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
  • More information regarding CITES can be found here: www.cites.org

What does this mean?

  • Dalbergia can still be used in the production of musical instruments, however the trade of this material is being controlled to ensure sustainability.
  • We understand that manufacturing musical instruments represents only a small percentage of global Dalbergia use but the industry’s usage must also be monitored.

How will I be affected?

Customers living in the UK and EU

  • Instruments containing CITES-relevant woods can be sent within the UK and EU without requiring extra documentation for shipping purposes.
  • Customers purchasing new instruments containing Dalbergia will be supplied with an invoice with details of the wood that makes up your instrument. Keep this document safe as, if required, it will act as proof of lawful acquisition. This may be required if you wish to travel with or sell your instrument.
  • Customers who already own Dalbergia instruments can contact us for copy invoices / documentation, which will also include CITES information.

Customers living outside the EU

  • Special documentation is now required to export goods with CITES-relevant wood(s) outside the EU. We must apply for a re-export permit to allow the instruments out of the EU. Some countries also require an import permit to allow the instrument into the receiving country. Import rules vary by country. Please ask us for further information.
  • Please allow extra time for your order to be processed as we are required to obtain all necessary permits before we can dispatch orders. There will be a charge for the permit(s). We will confirm the cost once you have placed the order as this is dependent on the regulations of the receiving country.
  • Customers purchasing new instruments containing Dalbergia will be supplied with an invoice with details of the wood that makes up your instrument. Keep this document safe as, if required, it will act as proof of lawful acquisition. This may be required if you wish to travel with or sell your instrument.
  • Customers who already own Dalbergia instruments can contact us for copy invoices / documentation, which will also include CITES information.

For further information contact the Management Authority in your country. See: CITES - National contacts & information

What if I want to travel with my instrument?

  • Instruments that weigh less than 10kg are exempt from these regulations if they are being shipped / carried for personal use. Instruments being shipped within your own country or within the EU can be sent without documentation.
  • If you wish to travel with your instrument we recommend that you carry your invoice as you may be asked to provide proof of lawful acquisition. Please contact us for a copy of your invoice if required.
  • Before travelling abroad, we would recommend contacting the Management Authorities at your destination to ensure no extra paperwork is required. See: CITES - National contacts & information

What happens next?

  • This is a developing situation, as the new CITES regulations were only confirmed in October 2016, so what is written on this page is very likely to change. The music industry is still developing the administrative procedures needed to deal with these changes. We will be keeping this page updated as we learn more about the process. For further information, please contact your local Management Authority.
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