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New rosewood regulations come into Force January 2017

New Rosewood Regulations, what you need to know


Next year will see new regulations come into play which relate to rosewood and Bubinga types. Documentation will now have to be provided on musical instruments manufactured from the woods when they are being shipped anywhere in the world for commercial purposes.

Coming into force on 2nd January 2017, the new regulations set out by the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) at their recent conference allow for rosewood and Bubinga instruments to be carried without documentation only if they are being transported within the UK, or if they are being shipped internationally for personal use (provided they contain less than 10kg of the woods).

The species that will now receive extra protection under CITES Appendix II are rosewood, or Dalbergia, as well as the Bubinga species guibourtia pellegriniana, guibourtia demeusei and guibourtia tessmannii.

The species known as Kosso or African rosewood will also be protected by the new regulations and is included in a list of nearly 300 rosewood species which will now be under regulations, along with Brazilian rosewood, which was already under protection from CITES.

So individuals and organisations transporting any of the woods mentioned above internationally, in volumes above the 10kg level, will be expected to be in possession of a CITES certificate which has been acquired in their country of origin, after 2nd January 2017.

For manufacturers in possession of stockpiled regulated wood, inventories must be documented and pre-convention certificates sought.

The certificate process will mean that each instrument must be supplemented with its own CITES certificate, even in the case that the woods were acquired before the date when the regulations come in (2nd January 2017). According to the CITES agency in the US, ‘re-export’ certificates which are required for wood pre-dating the 2nd could take months to process.

The UK has its own CITES management authority and they can be contacted primarily through the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), by the following email address cites.ukma@defra.gsi.gov.uk and the website. The Head of CITES Policy Unit, which sits within Defra, is Michael Sigsworth.