Relief for Shisham furniture exports

Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo) is a banned item as per CITES regulations for the trade of the species. As of now every consignment above 10 kg requires a CITES permit. Due to this restriction, exports of furniture and handicrafts made from Shisham, India have been continuously falling and has affected the livelihoods of around 50,000 artisans who work with the species.

At the 19th meeting of the Conference of Parties to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) India’s initiative to clarify the quantity of Shisham items such as furniture and artefacts was considered.

After sustained deliberations, it was agreed that any number of Shisham-based items can be exported as a single consignment in a shipment without CITES permits, if the weight of each item of this consignment is less than 10 kg. It was also agreed that for net weight of each item only timber will be considered. – Courtesy: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

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