Crossing borders
A guide for musicians and ensembles travelling with musical instruments containing protected species

Traveling with a musical instrument may be complicated if your trip involves crossing international borders. Musical instruments can be protected and protected, such as ivory , tortoiseshell , whalebone or Brazilian Rosewood

If your instrument contains parts of species that are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) , your trip requires in-depth preparation. The aim of this guide is to provide hands-on information to musicians, music ensembles, groups and orchestras on how to apply for CITES certificates such as the musical instrument certificate (MIC) before going on tour.

Crossin Borders is a joint publication by Pearle and the  International Federation of Musicians (FIM) .

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