League Weighs in on Cross-Border Travel Rules

October 17,2012

Orchestras and musicians that travel abroad should be aware of changes under discussion regarding customs documentation for musical instruments. The U.S. is proposing an international "passport" system for musical instruments.  In advance of the March 2013 convening of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing a new resolution to potentially streamline and make uniform the permit requirements for musical instruments that cross borders. In close partnership with the American Federation of Musicians and The Recording Academy, the League submitted recommendations to FWS and has met with top officials in DC, urging U.S. policy leaders to ensure that any new permitting approach would not result in any unintended paperwork burdens or costs. There will be an opportunity for public comment in November, and the League will be reaching out to orchestras to weigh in. If your orchestra tours internationally, please feel welcome to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the DC office to discuss this topic in further detail. The League will keep orchestras apprised as further details emerge.