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.
New tracking and certification for exports will mean that there will 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.
USA customers ordering blackwood products from Reelpipes.com will pay the £70 if the product is shipped direct to them from the factory, however there will be no extra charge for products in stock, shipped from Canada to the USA. There is still a requirement for a Canadian export certificate, but at this time there is no extra charge for that.
For more information on CITES, visit: https://www.cites.org/