Musical instrument certificate
Musical instrument certificates are used for the non-commercial cross-border movement of musical instruments. Non-commercial purposes include, but are not limited to, personal use, performance, production (recordings), broadcast, teaching, display or competition. Musical instruments must comply with the following conditions:
- They are derived from species listed in Annexes A, B or C of Regulation (EC) No 338/97, other than specimens of species listed in Annex A of Regulation (EC) No 338/97 acquired after the species was included in Appendices to the Convention;
- Specimens of species listed in Annex A that were acquired after the species was included in the CITES Appendices.
- The Annex-listed specimen used in the manufacture of the musical instrument concerned must be legally acquired and documentary evidences should be provided.
- The description of the instrument should allow the competent authority to verify that the certificate corresponds to the specimen being imported or exported, and should include elements such as the manufacturer’s name, the serial number or other means of identification such as photographs.
The application form for this Certificate (model shown in Regulation (EC) 865/2006) is a set of 5 forms:
- original (Form number 1); grey.
- copy for holder (Form number 2); yellow.
- copy to be returned by Customs to the issuing authority (Form number 3); green.
- copy for the issuing authority (Form number 4); pink.
- application form to be completed by applicant (Form number 5); white.
This certificate is not valid unless accompanied by a continuation sheet, which must be stamped and signed by a customs official at each border crossing.
The issue of Musical instrument Certificates is regulated by Articles 44h to 44p of Regulation (EC) No 865/2006. A Certificate is valid if the following requirements are met:
- The Annex-listed specimen used in the manufacture of the musical instrument concerned has been legally acquired and for non-commercial purposes.
- The musical instrument is appropriately identified.
- Is valid only for the holder.
The application form should include copies of any documents required in each case (proof that specimens were legally acquired in accordance with CITES provisions, markings, captive-breeding, etc.). Applicant must show proof that all requirements are met. Applications should be submitted at least 15 days in advance.
Customs and inspection procedures
The holder will receive the "original" certificate (form number 1), which should be submitted to EU Customs along with the original and a copy of the Continuation Sheet; documents will be endorsed by Customs and returned to holder.
If a specimen originates from within the EU, the issuing authority will be the CITES Management Authority of the Member State from which the specimen originates. In this case, any import, export, or re-export of the specimen will require the Certificate holder to submit the "original" certificate (form number 1), along with the original and copy of the Continuation Sheet for verification at an authorized EU Customs post. Customs will complete the Continuation Sheet, return the original documents to the holder, and forward the endorsed copy of the Continuation Sheet to the relevant CITES Management Authority.
If the specimen originates from a non-EU country, the CITES Management Authority of the EU Member State that is to be the first country of destination for the specimen will issue the personal ownership certificate, provided that applicant has submitted the required equivalent document issued by the non-EU country concerned. Procedure is the same as described above. The applicant should also submit the original certificate issued by the non-EU country for verification.