The regulations may be found at https://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/q ... r-2016.pdf
The key word here is ship. If you are traveling with an instrument that contains Brazilian there is a separate "passport" for your instrument that you can apply for.
A Musical Instrument Certificate is a passport-like certificate for musical instruments that is issued to
individuals when a CITES document is required. If your instrument contains material that would not be
exempt from a CITES listing, such as instruments that contain less than 10 kg of Dalbergia sp. wood, or
covered by the personal effects exemption, you may want to consider obtaining a musical instrument
certificate. These certificates have been issued for instruments that are manufactured from Brazilian
rosewood or contain wildlife species like African elephant ivory or sea turtle shell. To be eligible for this
certificate, your primary residence must be in the United States and you must be eligible for a CITES
document. These certificates may be valid for up to three years and are intended for multiple border
crossings for non-commercial purposes (i.e., the instruments are not being offered for sale or being sold
while outside the United States).
Submit application 3-200-88 to our office along with the processing fee. The form is available from
. Instructions are on the form.
Likewise, musicians traveling abroad with their instruments that are not being sold and are in
accompanying personal baggage do not require a CITES document, if the instrument contains less than
10 kg (22 lbs) of CITES-listed rosewood, excluding Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra). Instruments that
contain more than 10 kg of CITES-listed wood, with the exception Brazilian rosewood, may qualify as a
personal effect under CITES and may not require a CITES document. Please consult with the CITES
Management Authorities of both origin and destination countries to determine if they implement these