New rosewood regulations take effect January 2
December 28, 2016,
WASHINGTON D.C. - Effective Jan. 2, importers of products containing solid rosewood or rosewood veneers will have to get permits for these products to show that they are being harvested legally.
The U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service recently informed companies of the regulation, which falls under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It covers major rosewood and palisanders species including (Dalbergia spp.), kosso, or African rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) and bubingas (Guibourtia spp.)
“From the effective date, the wood products containing CITES-controlled woods may not be exported or imported without the required permits,” the law firm stated. “All entries on or after Jan. 2, 2017, are subject to the new requirements even if exported prior to Jan. 2.”
The firm said that companies should vet shipments on the water to make sure none of the products contain a CITES-controlled wood. The firm also noted that it would assist companies through this process and to make sure they are compliant.
In its letter, the Fish and Wildlife Service also advised importers to communicate with their trade partners to make sure their shipments are in compliance with CITES requirements. It added that if the species was harvested before it was listed by CITES, the shipment must have a Pre-Convention certificate.
According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, CITES is an international treaty ratified by 182 countries and the European Union since it first went into effect in July 1975. The required permits help ensure that the wood is being legally harvested and does not threaten or endanger the species. CITES protects some 35,000 species of plants and animals by making sure that international trade is both legal and also “does not threaten their survival in the wild.”
Rosewood is commonly found in higher end furniture products including fancy face veneers seen on tabletops, headboards and drawer fronts as well as the tops and sides of case pieces. It is also one of the most common woods used on the backs and sides of acoustic guitars.
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