In most States it is legal to sell and to buy ivory if it is Pre-ban which means that the ivory was harvested prior to 1989 when the member countries of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) ended the international trade of ivory by placing African elephant in Appendix I of the endangered species list.

Selling works of art in ivory and other ivory items and objects that comprise ivory as a secondary material or in minute quantity, is now only possible with a Pre-ban certificate that verifies the age of the piece.

At Ivory Experts, we can use a variety of methods and techniques to date ivory and provide sellers with the pre-ban documentation that they need. Interested buyers who want to make sure that they’re not about to purchase black market ivory can also benefit from our services.

To find out more, please contact us by email at [email protected] or phone +1 212-203-7833.