This fee is for providing a CITES permit for anyone purchasing any African Blackwood products that will be shipped outside of Canada. It is law that a permit accompany the package. Canadian shipping addresses do not require a permit.
On January 2nd 2017, African Blackwood ( Dalbergia Melanoxylon ) was placed on CITES Apendix II list. Although it is still legal for Blackwood to cross over borders, it must be accompanied by a CITES permit.