The changes decided by the CoP17 will affect luthiers worldwide. Although the EU has not yet published their decision on how and when the new regulations will be implemented in Europe they will take effect internationally on January 2, 2017. More information can be found at the CITES website or through other organizations like NAMM's issues & advocacy program.
Act immediately if this applies to you:
1. You own wood that is affected by the coming CITES changes (Rosewood, Bubinga etc.)
2. You don't have any documents proving its pre-convention status (meaning you bought / imported it before January 2, 2017?)
Then you have less than 2 weeks left to act! Contact you local CITES authorities to find out how to register your existing inventory to avoid problems after the new regulations take effect on January 2, 2017!