Protected Species Travel Tips
A new streamlined process for issuing musical instrument certificates for international travel has been proposed and accepted by 178 nations at a March 2013 meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). While it will take several months for each country to determine its procedures for issuing and recognizing the new passports, musicians need to know whether their instruments require a permit and how to navigate the somewhat tricky procedures already in place. For a quick overview of what has led to this point and what the next steps are anticipated to be, check out this Symphony article on the passport proposal.
On May 14, 2013, the League of American Orchestras, in partnership with the American Federation of Musicians, The Recording Academy, and NAMM, hosted a free, interactive webinar featuring experts from U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the agency that implements CITES in the United States. The webinar is the first in what will likely be a three-part series. See below for a developing list of resources and tips:
- Download the free, on-demand webinar with Fish & Wildlife providing an overview of current permitting rules and how to determine whether they apply to your instrument.
- View and save the slide presentation (no audio) of the May 14 webinar.
- Bookmark this Resource Page from Fish & Wildlife specifically created for musical instruments.
- See this Overview Fact Sheet on use of plants and wildlife in musical instruments.
- Visit the newly developed CITES checklist – an online resource that contains CITES-listed species based on Appendix, country, or other criteria.
- Always consult CITES Authorities prior to international travel.
- Permit application form 3-200-23: for Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, or antique specimens (animal or animal and plant)
- Permit application form 3-200-32: for plants (CITES) only
It’s extremely important to remember that under the current and newly proposed system, each country may continue to apply additional permitting requirements for complying with additional layers of domestic endangered species rules. Therefore, the CITES passport may not cover all permitting requirements and it is always advisable to contact CITES authorities of the countries you will visit.