In late 2016, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) added African Blackwood to their list of protected species. This means that all sales and transport of African Blackwood must now be strictly monitored, and it will provide some administrative challenges to bagpipe manufacturers in the UK selling pipes to North America.
Currently, makers will not be setup to ship products until likely the end of February, at which time all the new administrative hurdles will be past, and the new systems in place.
Also, the new tracking and certification for exports will mean that there will likely be an added £70 fee to ANY blackwood product shipped fro the UK. Some of this will be mitigated by bulk shipping (£70 regardless of number of items), but individually shipped orders of reelpipes, smallpipes and Highland pipes will incur this extra fee.
This fee will also apply to any pipes ordered in 2016, to be delivered in 2017. Customers will pay the extra charge on pipes, but it is a "cost only" price—there is nothing added by us.
For more information on CITES, visit: https://www.cites.org/