Update: On Wednesday 08/28/19, the CITES convention in Geneva, Switzerland decided to exempt finished musical instruments, parts, and accessories from CITES restrictions on all rosewood species except Brazilian rosewood (whose protections predate the other rosewood species and remain in place).
According to NAMM, the exemption for musical instruments will take effect in late November 2019. Until that time, all restrictions remain. Read "CITES Restrictions on Musical Instruments are Coming to an End" for more info and check back soon for more details.
1. What is CITES?
2. Why is this important when transacting online?
3. What should sellers do before shipping internationally?
4. What do I need to do if I'm buying an item from another country?
5. What can Reverb do to help?
What is CITES?
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulates the import, (re)export, sale or movement of endangered wild animals and plants. Appendices I, II and III to the Convention are lists of species afforded different levels or types of protection from over-exploitation (see How CITES works).
Why is this important when transacting online?
Transacting across borders will typically require additional forms compared to a domestic order. In addition to the customs forms that are typically included with a carrier’s label, it may be necessary to include further documentation with your shipment if the item is made of a restricted species or material.
What should sellers do before shipping internationally?
If you are selling an item to a buyer from another country, please be sure to check with the CITES Management Authority for the country of export and import prior to negotiating an international transaction or processing a shipment. U.S. seller’s can procure forms and information via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
What do I need to do if I'm buying an item from another country?
We advise messaging the seller before making a purchase or before the item is shipped. It is never a bad idea to ask if any part of the item being purchased falls under the CITES regulations.
Many countries require an import permit in addition to an export permit. In most cases you’ll need to acquire both permits before an item is put into transit. Because laws vary from country to country, you’ll want to check with the CITES Management Authority to make sure you have the most accurate and up to date information
What can Reverb do to help?
Reverb support is always happy to assist with any questions about international shipments however, it is the responsibility of the exporter and importer to ensure instruments are shipped and received successfully.