Update - Oct. 3, 2019: CITES Issues Official Notification for Dalbergia (Rosewood) Annotation Change
In August 2019, during the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Geneva, Switzerland, Annotation 15 was adopted by the 182 member countries and the European Union. This annotation, proposed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), establishes a significant exemption for musical instruments.
Following CoP18, CITES issued an official notification dated November 26, 2019, stating that as of that date, musical instruments made from all species of Dalbergia, except for Brazilian rosewood, will no longer require a CITES permit. This exemption applies to finished musical instruments, finished parts, and finished accessories.
In summary, following the amendment adopted during the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Geneva, Switzerland, in August 2019, it is no longer necessary to obtain CITES permits for the export of musical instruments, as well as their parts and accessories, made from all species of Dalbergia, except for Brazilian rosewood. This exemption signifies a significant change, eliminating the requirements for prior permits for the international trade of musical instruments made from these woods and reflects international collaboration in the protection of endangered species.
Nevertheless, Guitar From Spain strongly recommends its customers to check for any additional restrictions on the import of instruments made from these woods or any others in their respective countries. In the event of an inspection or rejection of the importation of a guitar by the authorities of that country, Guitar From Spain disclaims any responsibility.