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Mar 02, 2018

Pearle – Live Performance Europe and FIM launch joint CITES-guide for musicians and ensembles

Brussels (2 March 2018) – At the European sectoral social dialogue meeting of the live performance today, Pearle* and FIM presented a new guide for musicians and ensembles travelling with musical instruments containing species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered (CITES).

Musical instruments can contain protected woods and small amounts of highly protected species for which a musical instrument certificate (MIC) is needed for international travels, such as ivory, tortoiseshell, whalebone. Travelling with those instruments can become complicated when crossing international borders for touring activities.

The guide provides hands-on information on how to comply with the applicable rules and apply for the CITES MICs through a step-by-step approach.

At the meeting, the joint publication was handed over to the European Commission, which advised the two associations on legal questions and ensured the translation into French, German and Spanish.

Gaël de Rotalier, team leader on International Wildlife Trade, including CITES and wildlife trafficking said:

"CITES and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations are key instruments to ensure that international trade and transport of wildlife products, including musical instruments containing protected species like ivory and rosewood, is both sustainable and legal. The European Commission is grateful to Pearle and FIM for their work on this excellent guide which explains the practical implications of these rules and provide clear guidance for musicians and ensembles travelling with musical instruments."

Geza Kovacs, President of Pearle* said:

“I am convinced the guide will help musicians and ensembles in going through the paper jungle when preparing their touring activities. We have seen that over the last years, rules have become increasingly complex for our orchestras and music groups and the application process is cumbersome. A longer validity of the MIC – 10 instead of 3 years – would already be of great help.”

FIM General Secretary, Benoît Machuel added:

“Given the complexity of the rules introduced by CITES over the years, it was urgent to provide musicians and ensembles with accurate information and guidance. This handbook is the result of a fruitful cooperation between FIM and Pearle*, in the mutual interest of our respective members. We will make sure it is updated, should any change occur in CITES regulations.”

The joint guide will soon be available online on the websites of FIM and Pearle*.

The two associations also thank the German and British CITES authorities for their support in the drafting process of the CITES-guide.

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