Travelling with musical instruments containing parts of protected species listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) requires an in-depth preparation.
Whereas in the past, there was no risk factor to cross international borders with such an instrument, (long existing CITES rules were largely unimplemented), the situation has changed with the focus of several governments to better protect African elephants and implement new restrictions on travel and trade in ivory. In the last year, several musicians and orchestras had problems with customs seizing musical instruments, especially when entering the US where restrictions are higher than in most of other third countries.
FEVIS Europe is able to inform you on this matter thanks to its Pearle membership.
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