We frequently need to ask this question to comply with the law on selling or shipping pianos with ivory keyboards. It’s not always as easy to tell as you might imagine!
So if you are not sure how to tell if your keyboard has ivory keys we would recommend this very helpful video on you Tube. Simply Google ‘How To Tell If You Have Ivory Piano Keys?’ and you should be directed to a clear video presented by Robert of Living Pianos. (If you have any difficulty with this, cut and paste the following into your browser:- )
Current legislation states that if the piano is manufactured after 1946 an Article 10 Certificate is required by law to sell an instrument with an ivory keyboard. The vendor will need to apply for Article 10 Certificate prior to selling the piano.

Should the piano with the ivory keyboard then be shipped from the UK or EU an Export CITES will then be required. We are happy to assist with the application of a CITES for all our customers who require this service, there are charges involved with the application and processing.

It is illegal to ship pianos with ivory keyboards without a CITES. Your shipment will most likely be refused entry and returned, resulting in huge unnecessary expenditure.

If you have any questions regarding ivory keyboards please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information on selling ivory keyboards please visit the Animal Health & Veterinary Agency (AHVLA), UK CITES Management Authority at