CITES situation in Sweden - any comments?

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CITES situation in Sweden - any comments?

Postby joachim33 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:42 am

Based on the frequent mention of CITES in this forum, I have started to look into this. I understand from this forum that most guitars traded to today contain some rosewood which is now under the CITES regulation.

In Sweden CITES is dealt with by "jordbruksverket". Their (or one of their) relevant web pages is: http://www.jordbruksverket.se/amnesomra ... 1ee75.html My reading of this is as follows everyone selling/buying a guitar with A (Brazilian rosewood) or B (any rosewood) part in Sweden needs to have proper CITES paperwork to stay legal. That seems to include private transactions.

There have even been court cases in Sweden: http://www.gp.se/gitarren-kan-vara-olag ... a-1.151255. The guy tried to sell a guitar with Brazilian rosewood (A listed) which was from the 80ies. So the instrument was pre-protection and in principle legal. But that instrument had been sold in 2006 without paperwork, which made it illegal in Sweden. Once it is illegal it is illegal in Sweden, despite being obviously pre-protection.

Could someone from Sweden, please comment on this?

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Joachim

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Re: CITES situation in Sweden - any comments?

Postby joachim33 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:56 am

I found another relevant document, trying to explain the situation (in Swedish): http://www.musikerforbundet.se/7-aktuel ... gligt.html

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Re: CITES situation in Sweden - any comments?

Postby guitarrista » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:29 pm

I am not from Sweden but this seems pretty straight-forward.

EU Regulation No 338/97, Article 8, states that any commercial trade of Annex A species within the EU is prohibited. There are provisions for exemptions, either specific types (three types of exemptions are listed in EU Regulation No 865/2006, Article 62) or on a case-by-case basis, and the persons who did the trade could have gone that route, but they did not.

So the trade was illegal as executed, meaning they technically broke the law.

All this is about the fact that the trade involved Brazillian rosewood (because it is Annex A), not about any other rosewoods which are in Annex B now. There are no prohibitions on internal-to-EU trade for Annex B species.
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