List of Restricted and Endangered Wood Species

Common Name

Scientific Name

CITES Status

Listing Date


Afrormosia Pericopsis elata Appendix II 6/11/92
Ajo Caryocar costaricense Appendix II (including finished wood products) 7/1/75
Almendro Dipteryx panamensis Appendix III (including finished wood products; wood from Costa Rica, and Nicaragua only) 2/13/03
Bois de Rose Dalbergia louvelii Appendix III (wood from Madagascar only) 9/28/11
Brazilwood Caesalpinia echinata Appendix II 9/13/07
Cedar, Spanish Cedrela odorata Appendix III (wood from Columbia, Guatemala, and Peru only) 6/12/01
Cocobolo Dalbergia retusa Appendix III (wood from Guatemala and Panama only) 2/12/08
Ebony, Madagascar Diospyros spp. Appendix III (wood from Madagascar only) 9/28/11
Lignum Vitae Guaiacum spp. Appendix II (including finished wood products) 2/13/03
Mahogany, Cuban Swietenia mahagoni Appendix II 6/11/92
Mahogany, Honduran Swietenia macrophylla Appendix II (wood from Neotropics only) 11/16/95
Mahogany, Mexican Swietenia humilis Appendix II (including finished wood products) 7/1/75
Monkey Puzzle Araucaria araucana Appendix I (including finished wood products) 7/1/75
Podocarp, Black Pine Podocarpus neriifolius Appendix III (including finished wood products, wood from Nepal only) 11/16/75
Ramin Gonystylus spp. Appendix II (including finished wood products) 8/6/01
Rosewood, Brazilian Dalbergia nigra Appendix I (including finished wood products) 6/11/92
Rosewood, Honduran Dalbergia stevensonii Appendix III (wood from Guatemala only) 2/12/08
Rosewood, Madagascar Dalbergia madagascariensis Appendix III (wood from Madagascar only) 9/28/11
Sandalwood, Red Pterocarpus santalinus Appendix II 2/16/95
Stinkwood, Red Prunus africana Appendix II (including finished wood products) 2/16/95
Verawood Bulnesia sarmientoi Appendix II 6/23/10

Note that a listing generally means that trade of the raw wood, either in log, board, or veneer form, is restricted. On some species, the restriction is even greater, and includes even finished products made of or including a protected wood: one of the most common instances of this is with guitars made of Brazilian Rosewood. In these instances, it is illegal to take such items across international borders without a proper export permit.

If you believe that the wood or finished wood product was harvested/made before the date of the CITES listing, you still cannot legally travel with or export the wood unless you have written proof or other evidence that it was obtained before the listing date. If you have the required evidence, and are willing to pay a processing fee and wait 2-3 months for processing, then you may be eligible for a Pre-Convention Certificate.

In most cases, importing/exporting raw wood listed on CITES Appendices I or II can be complicated and costly, and in most cases, is neither legal nor encouraged. Some wood is further restricted to include even finished wood products, and in all but the most exceptional cases, is not recommended.

If ever in doubt on such complicated issues, be sure to consult proper authorities to get a matter clarified.

by Eric Meier