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DEFRA Releases Update on CITES Permit Applications Ahead of Brexit

Members planning to travel after Brexit with musical instruments that fall under the protected species guidelines are advised to apply for permits as soon as possible.

Published: 11 October 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
Photograph of Rosewood trees
Rosewood trees, used in a number of instruments, are classified as a protected species. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The MU has learnt that DEFRA has advised that anyone planning on moving CITES protected species on 1 November – or in the days following after – must apply for a CITES permit as soon as possible.

This is to allow enough time to apply for and receive your paperwork ahead of moving your items between the UK and EU after Brexit.

Members are reminded that a further four designated points of entry and exit for movement of CITES-protected species were announced in September. Read the full guidance available here.

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