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What is CITES?
CITES is the abbreviation for "Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora" and regulates trade with endangered animal and plant species in a global agreement since 1973. The most well-known regulation in the field of instrument building is probably the trade ban with Rio-Palisander/Rosewood, which has been subject to the strictest protection of species since 1992. It may only be traded and processed under very specific conditions and is therefore subject to CITES Annex I.

In early October 2016 all other Palisander/Rosewood species, as well as Cocobolo and some Bubinga species, were included in the CITES Annex II. In contrast to Rio-Palisander, these species are not acutely threatened with extinction, but the classification is to be understood as a reaction to years of plantation plundering and illegal trade, and will in the future make the acquisition and trade of valuable wood varieties at a legal level comprehensible. This means that although the trade and processing of these timbers is still permitted, it is subject to certain regulations which enter into force on January 2 2017.

Gibson True Historic 1959 Les Paul Reissue VDB What does this mean when trading instruments?
From 2 January 2017 onwards, the proper import of the wood must be documented completely through the chain to you as an end customer. We will therefore provide you with the relevant data on every invoice. All instruments introduced into the EU before the turn of the year are treated as an approved pre-acquisition model or old stock. We have been working closely with the relevant authorities since the beginning of November to provide you with everything you need from January 2017 onwards. Instruments with an invoice before 02.01.2017 need no further information, since the invoice is already valid as proof for the preliminary acquisition, in clear text bought before 02.01.2017.

Tama Starclassic Bubinga BGS148BN-SBG What does this mean for you as an end customer?
In the case of a new purchase, you should ensure that the following data is provided to you on the invoice as from January 1, 2017: serial number of the instrument, type of wood and the country of origin of the wood used, date of import into the EU and the corresponding import authorization number of the Importer. When you purchase from Musik Produktiv you will automatically receive this data with your invoice. Please make sure that you store this data for a possible private sale after 02.01.2017, as you have to pass it on to the next owner!

What does this mean for customers outside the EU?
For deliveries to countries outside the EU, an authorisation procedure is necessary, which can lead to delays in delivery times of which you are not accustomed to from Musik Produktiv. This procedure can also be subject to additional charges in the recipient country. Please read the regulations in your country before you buy.
Naturschutz Conclusion
Nature and climate protection is one of the most important issues of our time and is a matter for all of us. In relation to the well-known, ubiquitous environmental catastrophes, the consumption of precious wood in instrument building certainly plays a more "insignificant" role. At the very least, we will do our utmost to implement the CITES regulations to meet the demands placed on us in the trade and that is why we work closely with the relevant authorities so that you can be 100% sure that the instruments you acquire at Musik Produktiv meet all the requirements. Furthermore we are happy to help you with this matter.