Add this story to United States Government Department of Homeland Security (U.S. Customs/TSA at JFK Airport) overreach.
U.S. Customs Destroys 11 Musicians Flutes calling them banned agricultural products
Boujemaa Razgui, a flute virtuoso who lives in New York and works with many US ensembles, was returning to base over the holiday when Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked to see his instruments.
Bourjemaa carries a variety of flutes of varying ethnicity, each made by himself over years for specific types of ancient and modern performance. He is a regular guest with the diverse and enterprising Boston Camerata.
At JFK, the officials removed and smashed each and every one of his instruments. No reason was given.
Via – Arts Journal
A few minutes ago, we reached the flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui by phone to discuss the assault on his instruments by US Customs at JFK airport.
A Canadian citizen, based in New York and with a green card employment permit, Bouzemaa was flying home from Marrakech, Morocco, when his baggage was opened by Customs at JFK.
‘I told them I had these instruments for many years and flew with them in and out,’ he said. ‘There were 11 instruments in all. They told me they were agricultural products and they had to be destroyed. There was nothing I could do. The ney flute can be made with bamboo. Is that agricultural?’
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Another musician told the blog, “I can’t think of an uglier, stupider thing for the US government to do than to deprive this man of the tools of his art and a big piece of his livelihood.”
Although declaring musical instruments as agricultural products may seem strange, US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have strict guidelines when it comes to bringing in items made out of raw material, including bamboo products.
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From the United States Customs and Boarder Protection website
Is bamboo allowed to be imported to the US?
In general, bamboo that is not thoroughly dried and is therefore still capable of propagation is prohibited entry into the United States.
Bamboo that is thoroughly dried and split or cut lengthwise (rendering it incapable of propagation) will be inspected upon entry and released.
Unsplit dried bamboo canes/stakes/poles also are allowed entry into the United States after inspection: however, if the bamboo canes/stakes/poles are intended for garden or nursery use, the shipment must be fumigated (T404-d treatment extended to 24 hours) upon arrival at the U.S. port of entry.
Bamboo furniture, bamboo cloth, and other manufactured products made of bamboo do not require fumigation and will be released upon inspection.
For more information on Bamboo products, see Table 3-22 in the APHIS Miscellaneous and Processed Products Manual.
Yes, we are pretty sure that Boujemaa Razgui, a flute virtuoso was going to plant his flutes and thus was a threat to United States Agriculture.