CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international  agreement whose aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.


It includes species whose trade is closely controlled. All Dalbergia species are accompanied by Annotation #15. According to this Annotation, export permit or re-export certificate are mandatory for all parts (logs, sheets, veneers) except leaves, flowers, pollen, fruits and seeds. 

From 26 November 2019, you will no longer need CITES permits to import or export the following items made from rosewood species 

  • Finished products to a maximum weight of wood of the listed species of up to 10 kg per shipment;
  • Finished musical instruments, finished musical instrument parts and finished musical instrument accessories;

These exemptions do not apply to trade in:

  • Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra).
  • Dalbergia spp. originating and exported from Mexico.
  • Dalbergia cochinchinensis: all parts and derivatives except pollen, seeds, seedling or tissue cultures, stems, and flowers require permits for import or export.

These are the specimens included in CITES lists and included in our catalogue:

Commercial name: Bois De Rose 
Latin name: Dalbergia Frutescens 
Origin: Brazil

Commercial name: Cocobolo 

Latin name: Dalbergia Retusa 
Origin: Nicaragua, Mexico

Commercial name: Indian Rosewood 
Latin name: Dalbergia Latifolia 
Origin: India

Commercial name: Indonesian Rosewood 
Latin name: Dalbergia Latifolia 
Origin: Indonesia

Commercial name: Pao Violeto, Bois De Violette 
Latin name: Dalbergia Cearensis Duke 
Origin: Brazil

Commercial name: Spanish Cedar 
Latin name: Cedrela Odorata
Origin: Brazil, Bolivia

From August 28, 2020

For more information, see CITES website

Other specimens frequently use by luthiers but not available in our catalogue are:


Commercial name: Brazilian Rosewood, Rio Rosewood 
Latin name: Dalbergia Nigra 
Origin: Brazil


Commercial name: Bubinga 
Latin name: Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, Guibourtia tessmannii 
Origin: Equatorial Africa

Commercial name: Granadillo 
Latin name: Dalbergia Granadillo 
Origin: Mexico

Commercial name: Honduras Mahogany 
Latin name: Swietenia macrophylla 
Origin: South America

Commercial name: Honduras Rosewood 
Latin name: Dalbergia Stevensonii 
Origin: Honduras

Commercial name: Madagascar Rosewood 
Latin name: Dalbergia Baronii 
Origin: Madagascar

Commercial name: Pernambuco, Brazilwood
Latin name: Caesalpinia echinata 
Origin: Brazil

For more information, we suggest to address directly to your national CITES authority.


List of our Rosewood products here
US Fish & Wildlife Service, “International Trade in Plants and Wildlife. Information for musicians and manufacturers of musical instruments” 
CITES website
Appendix I, II, II 
Bubinga introduction in Appendix II
V. Taylor, K. Kecse-Nagy and T. Osborn, “Trade in Dalbergia Nigra and the European Union