Notice WTR2013/2 Non-commercial cross-border movements of musical instruments

Date published: 
Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:30

Important notice for importers and exporters - Musical Instruments

Musicians that wish to bring musical instruments, that are made from CITES-listed species, into or out of Australia are required to apply for the relevant import and export permits. Australia does not implement the 'passport' system as described in CITES Resolution Conf. 16.8


Notice to importers and exporters

WTR2013/2

Non-commercial cross-border movements of musical instruments

At the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in March 2013, a resolution (Resolution Conf. 16.8) was adopted that proposes a system intended to facilitate the non-commercial cross-border movement of musical instruments derived from CITES species, other than Appendix-I specimens acquired after the species was included in the Appendices. The full text of the resolution may be viewed on the CITES website at http://www.cites.org/eng/res/16/16-08.php.

Musicians that wish to bring their instruments into or out of Australia should be aware that Australia will NOT be implementing the system as recommended in Resolution Conf. 16.8.

This is primarily because the requirement for musical instrument certificates to be sighted, stamped, signed and dated at the border is not consistent with Australia’s electronic clearance processes.

Musicians planning to take their instruments into or out of Australia are required to apply for the relevant import and export permits.

Further information or queries regarding this notice should be addressed to:

Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au
Phone: 02 6274 1900 (answered during business hours, 9am-5pm AEST weekdays)

Authorised by Frank Antram Director, Wildlife Trade Regulation