Border Force Seizures

3rd May 2019

The litigation team at Rogers & Norton are continuing to achieve success with the instructions they are receiving from companies and individuals involved in the importation of goods containing rosewood and ivory, after the ruling by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES).

Musical instruments and furniture containing rosewood and ivory are still being seized by UK Border Force causing considerable disruption, due to detention of valuable stock and belongings.

Rosewood is a key component in the manufacture of many musical instruments, together with hardwood furniture and wooden board games.

Rogers & Norton are delighted to be helping support the Music Industry Association and their members, with the issues surrounding the importation of musical instruments containing rosewood and ivory. Our details are carried on their website advising that we are a specialist legal firm available to help the industry involving any of the following types of issues:

  • Detentions and Seizure of Goods by the UK Border Force including goods stored in warehouses, detained/seized at Ports and Airports
  • Restoration Claims
  • Condemnation Proceedings
  • Injunctions (including urgent injunctions)
  • Judicial reviews (including claims for the urgent release of goods and damages for unlawful detentions, and injunctions)

Rogers & Norton specialise in handling HMRC Border Force claims relating to the detention and seizure of a wide variety restricted goods.

If you have any issues regarding the stoppage, detention or seizure of items by HMRC Border Force you can contact the team at or on 01603 675639.