Hey Guys, I wanted to make a post about recent CITIES info I came across while trying to by a Vintage guitar in the US which had a Brazilian Rosewood board. There's a lot of speculation out there and rumors but not many actual facts. I'm in Canada and spoke to the Canadian CITES lady in charge of permits personally and found out a lot of interesting info I figured I would pass on to you guys/gals in case I can help someone understand the process between Braz Rosewood and Regular Rosewood shipping between the Canadian/US border. First off, Brazilian Board Guitars are much more complicated as Brazilian Rosewood is in a higher protected category than say "Regular Indian Rosewood" and has been this way for many years. For example, if I'm buying a Brazilian Rosewood guitar from the US and want to ship it or carry it across the border into Canada, I will require a CITES Export Permit from the US($75) and once this permit is obtained it must be forwarded to the Canadian CITES office who will issue a Canadian CITIES import permit for free. Once these two permits are obtained, the guitar can be shipped (with the 2 permits) or carried across the border with no issue. 2. If I am buying a Regular Rosewood guitar from the US (ie:Indian Rosewood), it can be shipped to me with only a US CITES Export permit, no Canadian CITES needed.. 3. THE KICKER!!..(Which is awesome for us Canadians who live near the border!) I can buy any regular Rosewood Guitar from the US (Ie: Indian Rosewood), have it shipped to a border town and pick it up at the local UPS Store and bring it across the border myself "WITHOUT" any CITES permit at all from either country!! The reason for this is, that the guitar picked up in the US by "me" the owner is for personal use and because it's under a certain board feet of Rosewood is exempt from CITES like when you cross the border with your personal guitar you already own. That opens up a whole new world for me!! Figured I'd let you guys know about this!