I have tried to find something written in the rules online but haven't found anything clearly definitive.[/quote]
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.
There was a thread about this recently with a link to an EU document explaining how the relevant EU regulation is interpreted.
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.
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.
I have no personal experience but my impression is that enforcement of the regulation is very patchy anyway.
It just seems to be a giant grey area.