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 CITES and the EU
Author: JonTheReeds 
Date:   2017-03-25 02:29

Has anyone heard anything about implications of Brexit on carrying clarinets across borders? I've heard that it may be necessary to get a license to take your clarinet into and out of the EU (due to restrictions on African hardwoods), once the UK leaves. My immediate reaction was that this was a bit alarmist, but does anyone have more information?

The older I get, the better I was

Post Edited (2017-03-25 11:51)

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 Re: CITES and the EU
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2017-03-25 19:09

The consensus from earlier threads seemed to be that carrying in an instrument under 10 kg (or multiple instruments, each of which is under 10 kg) for personal use falls under an exemption, and that was also the interpretation of German customs when I wrote them. As to Brexit, unless the negotiations end up with Britain remaining part of the single market, as seems unlikely, you'd be in the same boat as us Yanks.

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 Re: CITES and the EU
Author: clarinetist04 
Date:   2017-03-25 19:46

As an American living in the EU, one many times across EU customs, clarinet in hand, with no issues. Been through Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Brussels, Copenhagen, and others as point of entry.

As the UK is not part of Schengen anyway, and the fact that each country does their own customs, I don't think anything changes pre- or post-Brexit.

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 Re: CITES and the EU
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2017-03-27 02:43

I have carried my clarinets from the UK to most larger European countries and their sattellites, plus USA Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand etc. and back again.
No one has ever shown the slightest concern about what they were or are made of.

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 Re: CITES and the EU
Author: modernicus 
Date:   2017-03-27 06:36

This just went into effect in January, though-unless you've been traveling an awful lot just this year so far? But, yes, personal transport of limited quantity is supposedly fine from what I understand under CITES. Still really gets me down- no easy selling/shipping of clarinets between countries anymore.

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 Re: CITES and the EU
Author: gwie 
Date:   2017-03-27 08:50

Selling/Shipping now requires an extra CITES fee and paperwork, and can take over a week to process.

Depending on the exchange rate between currencies, it can still be worthwhile as long as you can tolerate waiting.

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 Re: CITES and the EU
Author: modernicus 
Date:   2017-03-27 17:43

I'm in the US and like to look at stuff on European auction sites and buy interesting, less expensive antique instruments that are uncommon here. I doubt a non-musician selling an old clarinet they found for 50 or 100 euros is going to want to bother with it. A lot of sellers didn't want to bother selling overseas before.

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 Re: CITES and the EU
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2017-03-28 00:20


Not only the exchange rate, at least with some brands. The London dealers have some high end models of Yamaha clarinets that you don't see advertised anywhere in the U.S.

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