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CITES Rosewood Regulation for Musical Instruments Lifted
At the COP18 convention held from August 17 in Geneva, CITES voted to exclude musical instruments, parts and accessories using rosewood from permission requirement for cross-border shipment. The members voted to revise Annotation 15 regulated 3 years ago.
Importers and exporters of musical instruments and musicians carrying them across national boarders will be freed from preparing documents, but instrument manufacturers will still be required to securing permits for all unfinished imported rosewood logs, boards, and veneers.
The new ruling will be effective on November 26, 90 days after the regulation was officially revised on August 28.