The proposed exemptions from a ban are as follows:
* Items with only a small amount of ivory in them. Such items should be comprised of less than 10% ivory by volume and have been made prior to 1947.
* Musical instruments. These should have an ivory content of less than 20% and have been made prior to 1975 (when Asian elephants were added to CITES).
* Rarest and most important items of their type. Such items should be made at least 100 years prior to the ban coming into force.
* A specific exemption for portrait miniatures painted on thin slivers of ivory and which are at least 100 years old.
* Commercial activities to, and between, museums which are accredited by Arts Council England, the Welsh Government, Museums and Galleries Scotland or the Northern Ireland Museums Council in the UK, or the International Council of Museums for museums outside the UK (and museums will be also able to purchase items not covered by the other exemptions).
The trade believes that the de minimis needs to be increased, and at the very least brought into line at 20% - it would be interesting to see the evidence the Government has to justify such a low threshold and to know why 20% is acceptable for musical instruments, but not for other cultural goods.
The UK dealers strongly believe there is a case for improvements to be made to the proposals because the exemptions now appear tighter than is required to achieve the aim of stopping the illicit trade in their ivory.