Re: Importing guitars and the Lacey Act - need "country of harvest" for DNA, UVMC
I found a J-custom in Europe. I've talked to Fish and Wildlife. For every plant or animal derivative used to make the guitar the exporter needs to state the common name, scientific name, country of origin and adte acquired for each item.
That means we need the info for the body, top veneer, pup surround, knobs, neck, fingerboard, inlay, purfling, nut, truss rod cover and headstock veneer. This is a 14 year old guitar. I've contacted Hoshino USA and those tried to help and came up with the body is Honduran Mahogany. That is fine because it is listed in Appendix II of the endangered species list and doesn't pertain to finished products. But the rosewood, ebony and abalone we have no idea.
Once you find the species you have to determine if it's on Appendix I, II or III. Appendix II species are ok to import and don't require an import permit, only an export permit. Then you have to call Customs a few days before anticipated arrival to let them know it's coming. Once there you have to fill out a form. If plant/animal component of the guitar isn't listed or is listed incorrectly the will seize the guitar and you can be slapped with a $100,000.00 fine and imprisoned. This is a case where we are guilty until proven innocent. It's up to you to prove the stuff is ok.
AlaskaBat who is your contact at Ibanez.