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    Anybody have suggestions for moving my collection of about 12 mandolin family instruments to my new home in Italy from my old one in the USA?

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    Be aware of any CITES regulations and have your CITES Certificate if needed. Learn CITES regulations better than Customs Officers know them and have regulations in hand in the event that you run into an overly zealous agent.
    Good luck with your move!
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    Be aware of any CITES regulations and have your CITES Certificate if needed. Learn CITES regulations better than Customs Officers know them and have regulations in hand in the event that you run into an overly zealous agent.
    Good luck with your move!
    Thanks for the advice. I have two instruments from the 1930's a Gibson A-0 and a National resonator mandolin. I have no idea if they have any thing requiring a CITES permit and though I have searched I can find nothing that tells me what species they contain nor where to get them tested. Is there a source that lists which instruments need to be permitted. To get the permit the first thing I need to know is what species I am getting the permit for, obviously since I don't know I can't begin. This has been an ongoing dilemma since I bought the Gibson in Paris about 7 years ago. Any suggestions much appreciated.

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    Assume that any rosewood in instruments of that age is Brazilian rosewood, and will require a CITES I permit.
    That should take care of any US export requirements.
    Italy may or may not have additional requirements that will have to be satisfied.
    If there is no Brazilian rosewood in any of your instruments, you will probably be okay.
    If you still have any paperwork left over from the Gibson, it will be helpful.
    If you cannot handle this yourself, you might want to call Vintage Instruments in Philly and see if they will take care of it for you.
    They would have to be paid for their services.

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    Put them into storage in the States and each time you go back to the US for Christmas etc you pick up a mando and carry it with you on the plane back to Italy.
    No problem.
    You carry two mandos or more on the plane then it’s question time.

    Going from France to UK is quite different now with a ‘British’ passport that isn’t as European as it was.

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    I’ve always found that the best time to hit the French customs is during their three hour lunch break!

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    Are you moving alone, or are other family members going with you? If you can carry two, so can all other family members. Take your favorites and bring the rest the next trip. Just a thought.
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    I'd check Import Duties (Declarations to Italian Customs ) to keep from paying taxes on your own stuff ..

    the one at a time thing may help..
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