Spanish cedar and CITES

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Spanish cedar and CITES

Post by Intune » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:16 pm

Could someone with experience in the field please explain to me the level of CITES protection for Spanish cedar. I'm told that CITES paperwork is needed for this wood when it's exported as raw material (as a log or lumber), but that it's still perfectly legal to export it without paperwork as a finished product -- as a guitar neck, for example. Is this correct -- or is CITES paperwork needed for Spanish cedar in all instances?


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Re: Spanish cedar and CITES

Post by simonm » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:12 pm

In Europe at any rate it is the first case. If you go to the tonewood suppliers they saw that. However, if you buy a prepared neck for example it may also need cites but not because of the spanish cedar but rather because the head plate is made of rosewood. I enquired about this very topic from Madinter last years as I was surprised about cites for a prepared neck.

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