CITES and Dalbergia

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CITES and Dalbergia

Postby John Burke » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:37 pm

The Guardian reported on 29th September moves to protect 300 species of Rosewood under the CITES convention. I contacted a CITES representative, to ask about the status of African Blackwood and received this reply:

African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is one of the new listings for CITES Appendix II that has just been accepted at CoP17 recently. Meeting summary notes are available to the public on under "Documents" then by choosing "Conference of the Parties" from the pull down menu.

It is probable that these decisions will come into force 90 days after the CoP and then Dalbergia melanoxylon will be officially listed on CITES Appendix II. To import timber after this period will require a CITES export permit from the exporting country and a corresponding import permit from the UK.

You will need to check the listing of other species of Rosewood to determine whether or not the finished instruments need permits or certificates. This information is available on the website at

If you require further information about trade in a particular species of timber please contact us again. You may also need to be aware of the restrictions regarding elephant ivory which can be a component part of older musical instruments.

So I am wondering whether in the near future trade in ABW will be restricted (since it cannot cross borders) to the UK and not even to the EU as we will no longer be part of it. Is it that serious? Can anyone clarify?
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