Originally Posted by Formerly Given To Fly
If an exclusion for musical instruments can not be agreed upon over a 3 year period (the time between meetings), then people are not putting any effort into it.
Keith Richards will still be around. If cocaine and time can’t kill him, what can?
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Piano's all had ivory keys, does that mean we should be able to spear a couple elephants a year so pianos and violin bows can get some ivory?
Bottom line this. Martin and Taylor have both said "they seem receptive" to exclusions, and IMO, they'll hear them out, give them possibly approving nods, because the one thing they want most, besides saving the planet, is to get these CEO's out of their office. And when the board meets, the bottom line is the bottom line. Guitars may only use 50 metric tons, but that's still 50 metric tons. Just like ivory, go find something else to use! And as Taylor stated, expect more woods to be added. They could care less what your guitar sounds like, the forests are endangered, it was asked for by the countries where the forests live, it's going to remain as it is, if not get more stringent.
They are allowing all personal carry, you can export for commercial with the right permits. As far as CITES is concerned you have everything you need to carry out business legally. They're not responsible if US Fish and Wildlife is far too understaffed to handle 40,000 permit applications, that's the US's problem and US manufacturers problem, not theirs. And the current "administration" [manchild in charge] needs to staff the departments effectively to do the job, right after they appoint another 30 ambassadors and open another 20 coal mines. They have priorities......