There was a thread about this recently with a link to an EU document explaining how the relevant EU regulation is interpreted.Semitone wrote:According to CITES...yes, you are allowed to bring 10kg with you so you wouldn't/ shouldn't have an issue with traveling with a guitar...however, it is my understanding that the EU has adopted regulations that are stricter than those required by CITES. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the specific details.
A US customs official, presumably - FWIW I wouldn't disagree at all. On the other hand the EU regulation applies to exports, so you also have to consider how that is interpreted. As I say there is guidance in the other thread, but how clear it is, and how consistently applied it is, is another matter. I particularly liked the expression "non-commercial trading", which presumably made sense in the original language.Semitone wrote:In the US, some of us, including me, interpret " commercial use" as essentially "for resale", so I would not expect to have a problem bringing home a guitar I bought overseas unless I planned to resell it . I have verbally had a customs official tell me that is the interpretation but you wil find many on forums to disagree.
I agree. If you read enough of the forums, you will see that there is a large element of randomness regarding enforcement of import duty in the US. Not sure I would expect the Rosewood issue to be any different. At least with duty, I know what my worst case is, and I can factor in the risk/payment.Mr Kite wrote: I have no personal experience but my impression is that enforcement of the regulation is very patchy anyway.
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