Designated Ports for International Travel with Instruments Containing Protected Species

If you plan to travel internationally with musical instruments that contain Brazilian rosewood, elephant ivory, tortoiseshell, or another protected animal or plant species, you must travel through specific designated ports.

ANIMAL

If your musical instrument contains elephant ivory, tortoiseshell, or another protected animal-derived species, you will need to travel through one of the following 18 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) designated ports:

  • ALASKA: Anchorage
  • CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles
  • CALIFORNIA: San Francisco
  • FLORIDA: Miami
  • GEORGIA: Atlanta
  • HAWAII: Honolulu
  • ILLINOIS: Chicago
  • KENTUCKY: Louisville
  • LOUISIANA: New Orleans
  • MARYLAND: Baltimore
  • MASSACHUSETTS: Boston
  • NEW JERSEY: Newark
  • NEW YORK: New York
  • OREGON: Portland
  • TENNESSEE: Memphis
  • TEXAS: Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • TEXAS: Houston
  • WASHINGTON: Seattle

PLANT If your musical instrument contains a CITES-listed plant species, such as Brazilian rosewood, you will need to travel through one of the following 15 USDA-APHIS CITES designated ports:

  • ARIZONA: Nogalez
  • CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles
  • CALIFORNIA: San Diego
  • CALIFORNIA: San Francisco
  • FLORIDA: Miami
  • FLORIDA: Orlando
  • GEORGIA: Atlanta
  • GUAM: Barrigada
  • HAWAII: Honolulu
  • NEW JERSEY: Linden (Newark)
  • NEW YORK: New York
  • PUERTO RICO, San Juan
  • TEXAS: Brownsville
  • TEXAS: Houston
  • WASHINGTON: Seattle

ANIMAL AND PLANT Please confirm with the regional authority whether separate inspections will be required.

If your musical instrument contains both protected animal and plant species, you may need to go through two separate inspections at separate facilities – be sure to phone the regional authority in advance to determine whether this is the case. The following nine cities have both FWS and USDA-APHIS designated ports (please refer to the links above for inspection station addresses):

  • CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles
  • CALIFORNIA: San Francisco
  • FLORIDA: Miami
  • GEORGIA: Atlanta
  • HAWAII: Honolulu
  • NEW JERSEY: Linden (Newark)
  • NEW YORK: New York
  • TEXAS: Houston
  • WASHINGTON: Seattle