Hope they wave you thru.eno wrote:Bear, Rosewood should not be a problem as long as it's all declared and the CITES certificate is issued by the exporting country.
OK, I'm still going to try, this guitar is Indian Rosewood. The seller applied for the CITES certificate in his country, we will see what happens next. It's a new law and new process just started in Jan this year internationally.
An export/import permit is a one time use document, as I understand it. It seems to be the same as an export license, except that it is granted by the CITES authorities rather than through the Department of Commerce (as called in the US). When you come through Customs, you fill out a declaration form. You give it to the Customs agent, who stamps it approved with the date and puts it in a pile. You don't get it back. Thus it would be the same for your paperwork (including CITES permit) when your rosewood item enters the country. That form becomes part of the import paperwork.Jabberwocky wrote:In another guitar forum, a buyer in the US imported a used Gibson Les Paul with an EIRW fretboard from a Japanese retailer recently. The Japanese retailer applied for a CITES export permit ftom Japan's CITES agency. It took 13 days for the permit to be granted. The Gibson LP was cleared by US Customs in a day. The US buyer did not apply for a US CITES import permit. There was no CITES export permit with his Gibson when he received it. So, it was kept either by Japan Customs or US Customs.
A pattern is emerging.
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