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Instruments shipped internationally for performances

You do not need to file a Lacey Act declaration for your instruments if U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) considers your imported instrument an informal entry.  APHIS is not enforcing the Lacey Act declaration requirement for informal entries at this time. You are required to file a Lacey Act declaration if CBP considers your importation a formal entry.

Some musical instruments contain protected plant material listed in Appendices I and II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).  If your instrument contains any of those materials, you may be required to obtain a permit or other import documentation to travel across international borders with your musical instrument. For additional information, please visit the APHIS CITES (Endangered Plant Species) web site and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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