Endangered & Protected Species

Endangered Species Materials

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) restricts the movement of items containing materials from certain endangered species, including:

– Tortoiseshell
– Elephant ivory

In compliance with the Endangered Species Act and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS):

1) T2 does not sell instruments or bows containing tortoiseshell or elephant ivory less than 100 years old

2) T2 does not ship instruments or bows containing ivory or tortoiseshell outside the US

As of November 28, 2019, the CITES organization has created an exception in their regulations for Rosewood. There are no longer restrictions on the import and export of Musical Instruments containing Rosewood.


Lots containing raw or partially worked pernambuco (blanks or planks) will require a CITES permit and a US Fish & Wildlife declaration in order to be shipped internationally. Tarisio will be filing the appropriate paperwork on your behalf. However, please be aware that the complete process could take up to 90 days so please plan accordingly. We will assist you in any way we can to ensure a smooth process.


Protected Species Materials

Mother of Pearl

Items containing mother of pearl require a US Fish & Wildlife declaration in order to be shipped internationally.
The permit is compulsory and costs $125 per shipment, regardless of the number of pieces containing mother of pearl. The application is sent once full payment has been received and buyers should allow up to 10 business days for processing. We thank you for your patience during this step!

Non-Cattle Leather

Snake skin, lizard skin and other types of exotic non­-cattle leather used for bow grips are also prohibited from international shipment by USFW laws. T2 will remove these materials from bows before international shipment without further notice to the successful bidder.

Mammoth Ivory

As an extinct species, mammoth ivory is exempt from federal United State Fish & Wildlife regulation. It can be shipped and transported across international borders without declarations or fees.
Please email info@t2-auctions.com for more information.

For further advice on shipping endangered or protected species internationally, please contact info@t2-auctions.com.