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The New Regulation on Rosewood and Bubinga

The Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) held a conference from September 24 - October 4 this year in Johannesburg, South Africa where it was decided that all species of rosewood under the genus Dalbergia and three bubinga species (Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, and Guibourtia tessmannii) will be protected under CITES Appendix II.

Kosso - sometimes called African rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) - will also be protected.

While Brazilian Rosewood is currently under CITES protection (those laws will stay in place), this move places all the other nearly 300 species of rosewood under similar regulation.

This includes the East Indian rosewood and Honduran rosewood - as well as woods like cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) and African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) - that are widely used in the manufacturing of stringed instruments, marimbas and some woodwinds.

What does this mean?

Documentation is now required to ship any product that contains rosewood outside the EU. We will need to obtain permits to export instruments out of the EU which take (on average) 3 weeks to obtain. This means that there will be delays on orders for instruments made of/containing rosewood made outside the EU. We will keep you fully informed during the process.

Further Information

Further information can be found on the CITES website. For further contacts and local information click here. If you have any questions regarding musical instruments or ordering an instrument in rosewood please email us.