What does CITES mean?

As of January 2, 2017, the new regulation of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) enters into force, which requires all manufacturers and retailers of musical instruments containing one or more of the species listed below to obtain a permit from the corresponding government regulatory agency to export one or more instruments outside the country; in Spain it is the SOIVRE (Servicio Oficial de Inspección, Vigilancia y Regulación de las Exportaciones).

The species included are: Palo Santo from India and Sonokelin (Dalbergia Latifolia) Palo Santo from Madagascar (Dalbergia Baronii), Cocobolo (Dalbergia Retusa) and Bubinga (Guibourtia Demeusei).

The protection measures for more than 250 species adopted at the recent meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have wide implications for international shipments of musical instruments containing these woods.

CITES delegates at the September 2016 Conference of the Parties in South Africa chose to extend the protection afforded to logs and sawn timber, but also to what is called “all parts and derivatives”, which means finished products such as our musical instruments.

National and European Union shipments do not require a special permit, however, in the sales invoices we always reflect the CITES number that our suppliers have assigned to the woods with which we make our guitars. This way, the wood can always be tracked. The only model in our catalogue that does not have to pass CITES controls because it does not have any protected wood is the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Model.