Regulations and laws
Species protection/CITES II
Since January 2017, all rosewood species are protected under CITES Appendix II (not to be confused with specially protected species under Appendix I).
If an item contains rosewood, it is specially marked and registered in our wood records. These are exclusively proven pre-acquired goods, which are registered at the Regierungspräsidium Darmstadt under Az. V 51.1-1.6-R 22.4.
The sale is made under the note: “Proof of origin species protection according to §46 BNatSchG in accordance with Regulation (EC) 338/97: This delivery contains woods, which are listed on Annex II WA* since 02.01.2017”, with indication of pre-owned goods, designation, weight, date and wood accounting note containing identical data**.
From 01.01.2017 to 15.12.2019, personal data of the buyer were recorded in the timber accounting system and transmitted to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. Since 15.12.2019 NO personal data are registered in the wood bookkeeping, because from this date on species protection regulations for finished musical instruments with components made of rosewood of the species Dalbergia Latifolia cease to apply. No more personal data is to be transmitted to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation BfN. Customs-related transmissions of personal data remain in effect.
Further information on wood species listed under CITES II:
- In general, there is no trade ban for species on CITES Appendix II. Only the verification/documentation obligation exists. Finished musical instruments do not fall under CITES regulations since 15.12.2019 (footnote regulation).
- For pure possession, no proof documents are required.
- For resale, proof of prior possession before 02/01/2017 or trade history after 02/01/2017 must be provided and handed over to the buyer.
- No arrangements are required when traveling within the EU.
- When traveling to a non-EU country, musical instruments containing affected woods are allowed to be taken without presenting documents, provided that the weight of CITES II affected woods in all musical instruments together is less than 10kg. The weight of transport containers and accessories is not included. This regulation applies only to personal transport for non-commercial reasons. A musician traveling (even if he is on a concert tour) is also considered a private person according to international agreements and his (concert) trip is considered non-commercial.
More information is available from the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation at www.bfn.de.
*Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species / ** Data protection regulations are not affected by this.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act / WEEE Directive
The European WEEE Directive (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) has been implemented into German law by the Act on the Marketing, Return and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act – ElektroG).
We are registered at the “Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register” (EAR) with the brands SCHATTEN DESIGN and CUNTZ with the WEEE-Reg.-Nr. DE19913059.
Regarding the articles delivered by us to private final consumers concerning the ElektroG, the take-e-way GmbH takes over the assurance of the fulfillment of the legal obligations on our behalf. Our take-back obligation from the ElektroG is covered by take-e-way GmbH.
All electrical and electronic devices, which are brought to the European market, are marked with the symbol of the crossed out garbage can. Devices with this marking may not be disposed of with the residual waste, but must be recycled through the collection points.
With regard to the packaging that we put into circulation and that is subject to licensing, our company has joined the dual system ZENTEK in order to ensure the fulfillment of our legal obligation according to § 13 g Abs. 2 AWG. The contractual partner is take-e-way GmbH, which takes over the assurance of the fulfillment of the legal obligations on our behalf. According to the German Packaging Act (VerpackG), the Central Packaging Register LUCID lists us under Reg. No.: DE 1321286801245.
Information obligation according to battery law (BattG)
Please make sure that your old batteries/rechargeable batteries are disposed of at a municipal collection point or at your local retailer, as required by law. Disposal via ordinary household waste is prohibited and violates the Battery Act. The drop-off is free of charge for you.
Batteries and rechargeable batteries that contain harmful substances are clearly marked with the symbol of a crossed-out trash can. Furthermore, under the symbol of the crossed-out garbage can, is the chemical name of the corresponding pollutants. Examples are: (Pb) lead, (Cd) cadmium, (Hg) mercury.
Please note that all products are supplied by us without batteries, even if a battery is required for their proper operation, and we do not sell batteries. Accordingly, please refrain from returning batteries to us.