CITES - Inside the UK / EU

How will I be affected?

  • Customers living in the UK and the EU will not be significantly affected by the new CITES regulations.
  • If you buy a new instrument from Howarth made from Dalbergia, we will give you an invoice showing details of the wood that makes up your instrument. Keep this document safe as it will act as proof of lawful acquisition if you need it, for instance if you wish to travel with or sell your instrument.
  • Customers who already own instruments containing Dalbergia can contact our CITES administrator for copy invoices / documentation, which includes CITES information.

What if I want to travel with my instrument?

  • Instruments weighing less than 10 kg (ie any oboe or clarinet) are exempt from these regulations if they are being shipped / carried for non-commercial use. We have been informed that transporting instruments for paid or unpaid performances will be classed as non-commercial.
  • 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.

What happens next?

  • The CITES regulations for Dalbergia were only confirmed in October 2016. We are monitoring this developing situation, and the information given here 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 our CITES administrator CITES administrator or your local Management Authority

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