Reply To: Ebony – An Endangered Species

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On 14 March 2013, Madagascan ebony (Diospyros spp.) was listed under CITES Appendix II. The listing has an annotation restricting it to logs, sawn wood and veneers.

Finished objects comprising parts made from ebony are exempt from the CITES restrictions, which means that for the most part, violins or bows with ebony parts can be moved internationally without hindrance.

Some countries apply stricter restrictions than the CITES appendices and may have domestic policy (see USA Lacey Act) or fiscal policy (for example, the recent confiscations of instruments at German customs) that may make international travel with instruments or bows problematical.

Travellers are advised to check the various requirements of the countries to be visited as part of their travel plans before leaving Australia.