Wildlife Species – Shipping Compliance

Updated October 23, 2018

The import and export of musical instruments containing materials from some endangered, protected or wildlife species are restricted by different government entities.


For our New York sales, this concerns rosewood, mother-of-pearl and lizard’s skin.

Item sells in New York and then stays in the USA: all clear!

Item sells in New York and then goes outside the USA:

  • If it contains Mother of Pearl, a USFW declaration is needed ($125, all fees included).
  • If it contains lizard’s skin or rosewood: these materials will be removed and can be replaced at the bidder’s expense.

For our London sales, this concerns elephant ivory, tortoiseshell and rosewood.

Item sells in London and stays in the EU: all clear!

Item sells in London and goes outside the EU: CITES re-export permit needed (£90 VAT excluded).


We will require written permission to act as your agent in the application and recommend checking with your country’s customs authority to see if import permits are also required.

For instance, the USA does not permit the commercial import of any items containing tortoiseshell or ivory.


Notes to consignors:

Tarisio New York does not sell ivory or tortoiseshell.

Tarisio London will obtain an Article 10 certificate from UK CITES in order to sell items containing post-1947 endangered species (£71 excl. VAT).

Please email info.newyork@tarisio.com or info.london@tarisio.com for more information.