CITES are a governing environmental body that protects endangered wild fauna and flora. In 2017 they restricted the sales of rosewood and other certain woods 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.
Where the 2017 rule still applies, however, is to the rarer Brazilian rosewood. This wood is mostly found used for high-end guitars built by the likes of PRS.
Contact us to enquire about a specific instrument and whether the sale or movement of the guitar is still affected by CITES.