CITES are a governing environmental body that look after endangered wild fauna and flora. In 2017 they restricted the sales of Rosewood across international borders to crack down on illegally made furniture.
As of November 26 2019, CITES laws on rosewood have been lifted. Travelling with this wood no longer requires a permit. It means you can buy, sell and move freely with guitars made of rosewood - even if it comprises over 10kg or 22lbs as stated by the previous ruling.
The 2017 CITES Rosewood Restriction
The now-defunct law affected how Rosewood was traded across borders. A lot of guitars are made using rosewood.
It stretched beyond rosewood and into members of the same genus of tree as well as three types of Bubinga. The list of restricted woods list included:
- All Rosewood
- African Blackwood
- Any other member of the Dalbergia family of woods
Manufacturers changed how they made and sold guitars that normally comprised of rosewood, using maple, ebony and pau ferro in its place.
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