I dropped by the other G Forum as I do every blue moon and it sounds like they’re possibly going to update CITES this year. I sure hope so because occasionally I see some rare guitars I’d like over in Japan. This is the first I’ve heard about it. Anyone else have news? The below was copied from a posting by Twangman66. One of the (many) great things about NAMM and the NAMM Show is the International Coalition Meeting that always takes place the day before the event opens. The trade bodies from all over the world, plus other key interested industry and educational partners meet and share current issues and lobbying efforts to create more music makers and to protect and support the music industry. A special focus was given to the forthcoming CITES meeting in Sri Lanka in May this year. The lobbying coalition on behalf of our industry has led to the proposal to EXEMPT ROSEWOOD INSTRUMENTS from the CITES regulatory control. This formal proposal has already been nominally agreed, but needs the ratification at the meeting in May. Part of this key amendment is from the recognition by the powers that be that musical instruments were (very unfortunately) “collateral damage” in the rosewood restrictions that were chiefly aimed at stopping illegal logging in the furniture industry. Anyway, back to the proposal. The amendment is the result of a Canadian and European proposal to: • Exempt finished musical instruments containing rosewood • Exempt finished musical instrument parts containing rosewood • Exempt finished musical accessories containing rosewood There is also further detail concerning repair and warranty, 10kg limit etc. Nothing is guaranteed in this being formally adopted (or amended), but, if the proposal is implemented, it would have a major impact on the musical instrument industry.