If the paperwork was there, it would be no problem. If the CITES paper work were not there, customs would confiscate the guitar and I would never see it - you can't do the paper work retroactively from either the exporting or importing country. The onus is on the seller to do the correct paperwork. I used paypal for my transaction. If problems arose because the seller did not complete paperwork for the exporting country causing confiscation, I would assume my money would be refunded since I never received the guitar and the seller did not complete his obligations. (This is my main concern with eBay sellers, especially those who do not own the instrument they are selling or buying services like Zen Market.) I also imagine a lot of aggrevating headaches over this scenario. Ishibashi has stated on my original receipt and in today's email that money would be refunded so I'm just hoping there isn't a long delay. I could still loose with currency translations. The most troubling aspect of this for me is the current CITES regulations were put in place to track the export and import of certain woods which currently are not on anyone's endangered species list. How the refusal of the Japanese authorities to allow export of this guitar does that is beyond me. Of course the entire CITES regulation is a pile because it pays no mind to when the instrument was made. Since the guitar as of now has not been relisted on Ishibashi's website, I have a sneaking suspicion that someone walked into their store and bought it off the rack.