Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

New Rosewood Restrictions

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

New Rosewood Restrictions

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At a summit in September, the Convention on the International Ttade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed to get serious about the illegal rosewood trade. Delegates representing 181 oountries placed all 300 species of the tree under more stringent trade restrictions. Rosewood, a popular tone wood used in guitars, is the world's most trafficked wild product, according tithe UN Office of Drugs and Crime. The new restrictions aim to crackdown on a billion-dollar trade in rosewood timber to supply a booming luxury furniture market in China, for which rosewood traffickers ha\e devastated forests in southeast Asia and more than 80 oountries across the tropics. The new protections, which go into effect this month, require CITES import/export permits and related fees and forms in order to .get the rosewood over any international border.

Luthiers Mercantile International, in Healdsburg, California, one of the world's leading suppliers of exotic tonewoods, released a statement saying that distribu tors will not be able to sell any rosewood internationally, unless a future annotation to the treaty makes finished products-such as precar \ed guitar necks or kerfing-exempt. …

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