The MU, Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) have been lobbying the UK government via the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to ensure that the St Pancras Eurostar terminal in London is established as a ‘designated port’ for the entry and exit of musicians carrying instruments containing CITES endangered material and are required to have a valid Musical Instrument Certificate (MIC).
Since Brexit, the requirement for musicians to obtain a MIC for instruments containing endangered species means that they can travel abroad to perform, teach, engage in sessions with their instrument without the need for import and export declarations. The condition is that the MIC must be stamped at the borders, and this can only be done at UK and EU designated ports.
The St Pancras Eurostar terminal is not currently a designated port, but it is one that many musicians use to gain quick and affordable access to Europe for work.
Following many discussions with DEFRA, they have now asked us to provide some statistics around volumes of instruments that require a MIC (not all instruments do – see our guidance on travelling with a musical instrument for more details) to be stamped. DEFRA and Border Force are keen to understand what resources will be required to be installed at St Pancras if it were to be established as a designated port for CITES, as they need to make considered assessments.
The following information would be very helpful in providing data to DEFRA regarding the needs for musicians. We ask that you please fill in the following survey, which shouldn’t take more than just a few minutes.
Please note we only need you to fill in this survey if you have or are planning to acquire a MIC and you plan to use Eurostar services for work in the EU.
Take the survey
You can read the fair processing notice on the ISM’s website.