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Rosewood Restrictions – January 2017

By now, it is likely you have heard the news which is rocking the instrument making world: All Rosewoods are now listed on CITES (Appendix II) including Indian Rosewood. This has wide-ranging implications. If you need us to send you detailed information, please request that we do so by contacting us.

The main impact we are experiencing here at LMI is that it is no longer feasible for us to send small, individual volumes of Rosewood products to most international destinations due to the lengthy and expensive permit process. Exceptions can be made for bulk deliveries -please inquire.

Right now, we have established operations (at no small expense or effort) to sell a limited selection of the most popular Indian Rosewood products in Canada and hope to soon in the European Union.

CITES compliance is not optional for anyone. It’s complicated and somewhat time-consuming, but you can count on LMI to be the most thorough, prepared and qualified Rosewood supplier in the business. We are also the most helpful and we are eager to help see you through the process.

Here are some general guidelines for compliance that deserve your attention.

Purchase only from companies who keep on file the CITES import permit paperwork for all relevant species. They should be able to accurately link any particular piece of wood to the corresponding import permits etc.

If you are exporting your instruments from one country to another, you will need to get a copy of the original CITES import paperwork for your CITES re-export application (currently finished Mahogany and Spanish Cedar parts do not require a CITES re-export if they are finished products, but this could change in the future). If the wood you have purchased is “pre-CITES” (was originally imported by your supplier before being listed on CITES) then you can submit an affidavit, including an affidavit from your supplier in addition to your invoice for that particular wood purchase.

All of your wood should be carefully inventoried. Photos are often helpful. Make sure you can trace any particular wood piece to a particular invoice.

If you are exporting an instrument with Rosewood parts, no matter how small (i.e. bridge pins!) then you will need to apply for a CITES re-export permit for each shipment. This will cost (at least) $100 and may take up to 3 months to process. Once again, this must occur for each shipment. The application form from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department is available here. If you live outside the United States, you will need to contact the relevant agency in your country for permit information.

LMI can provide an affidavit statement for pre-CITES wood at no charge by email. There is a $20 charge to receive a copy of the CITES permit for post-CITES wood. You must be able to provide the invoice number for your purchase along with the serial number for the particular piece of post-CITES wood in order to get a permit. LMI keeps invoice information on file for no longer than 2 years. Please file your invoices carefully.