a similar article to this blog was published this autumn in the UK dulcimer club’s Nonsuch News magazine
CITES – what musicians who travel need to know
why this blog ?
Flying with instruments has never been more difficult. As well as airlines mistreating fragile instruments and Customs’ concerns over illegal importations, there is now a new challenge: CITES. I would like to share what I know (at this point in time) and my understanding of the risks to help other musicians who cross borders with their instruments. Why ? because, incredibly, Customs officials now have the right to confiscate and destroy instruments that do not comply with the new rules.
Please note: this article is written for musicians. Makers & sellers who import / export instruments will need to undertake more relevant research.