Detention and Seizure of Restricted Goods

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

claims relating to the detention and seizure of restricted goods

We have developed a wide ranging knowledge and understanding regarding the import or export of any items requiring CITES documentation.


The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international agreement between governments that came into force in 1975. The import, export and use for commercial gain of certain species requires a CITES permit.

Rosewood is a key component in the manufacture of many musical instruments, together with hardwood furniture and wooden board games. The change in the law means that the many companies involved in either importing or making them face getting items impounded by The Border Force Agency

We also deal with HMRC Border Force seizures covered under regulations relating to the Supply or import of:

Nitrous Oxide for personal use under the Psychoactive Substance Act 2016

Although the gas was previously a ‘legal high’, it is now illegal to supply or import Nitrous Oxide for personal use. Nitrous Oxide is used as pain relief during medical procedures such as dental work – it can also be legally bought for use in whipped cream dispensers for catering purposes.

As the gas can be legally used in dispensers, it has led to companies having large scale issues with HMRC and Border Force retaining their goods as long as possible and asking for additional proof of the intended use for catering purposes. Such detention and seizures cause serious financial implications for the businesses legitimately importing them.

Medical Regulatory Health Authority(MRHA)

Regulates the importation of all drugs into the UK. Any medicine purchased outside the regulated supply chain cannot be guaranteed to meet standards of quality, safety and effectiveness. This means they can present a real risk to public health.

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

Appeals regarding the importation of restricted goods into the UK

Disruption, confusion and delays relating to the importation of any items thought to be covered by the rules relating to these acts is still prevalent. Over 2,500 animal and 25,000 plant species are included in the Appendices of CITES on Appendix I, II or III. In the European Union the CITES

Our continued success is based on the ability to act swiftly and decisively to support clients, together with a depth of knowledge and understanding in the system that allows us to successfully challenge the decisions made by UK Border Force accurately and succinctly.

Companies and individuals approach us for help, even after undertaking careful and thorough research into the intricacies surrounding the importation of restricted goods. They still innocently fall foul of the regulations and find themselves in a predicament were they could potentially lose large sums of money.

We are accepted by trade associations as offering specialist legal support and advice for companies and individuals nationally and internationally. We deal with;

  • 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)

London Meeting Facilities

We are also able to offer Central London meeting facilities for your convenience.
The workspace is ideally located a short walking distance from Liverpool Street Station and very close to Farringdon station, which offers excellent connections for London Underground and mainline train services.


What our clients say

  • Thank you for the time and effort you have put in to this – it was important to me to get some form of acknowledgement of what was due.

    Mr A. Norwich

    Peter Hastings
  • Again – deep appreciation of your help!

    V & N / Norfolk

    Peter Hastings
  • Thank you very much indeed for your efforts on my behalf at the Court yesterday. You did an excellent job and I am very grateful. The court order that you obtained at very short notice is a source of considerable relief to me.

    Mr. C

    Peter Hastings
  • I’m really grateful for the help, support and guidance that Peter gave me throughout the High Court defamation claim, his tenacity and focus meant that I secured a successful outcome quickly and removed the stress and costs that would have been involved.


    Peter Hastings
  • Thank you for all your assistance and advice this year on what proved to my eyes a difficult case. Mrs J and I are so relieved above all to get our lives back and we are looking forward to a happy Christmas.

    Mr J.

    Peter Hastings
  • Excellent result – I recommend you anytime !!


    Peter Hastings
  • If I ever need anyone to fight my corner in the Corporate world, you will be the first to hear about it. Very many thanks for your remarkably swift and positive approach to the whole thing.


    Peter Hastings
  • Just a quick e-mail to say how much we appreciate all the hard work you put in on our behalf over the past 10 months on our complicated case, including your help with the Bank and dealing with our opponent. Your efforts were brilliant. I would have caved in if not for you. We are very pleased with the result.

    If we ever have need for a solicitor, we will definitely use yourself/Rogers and Norton and recommend you.


    Peter Hastings
  • Dear Peter

    I think the congratulations should go to you because without your help and guidance I’m not sure that I would have got this far. I was very happy with the result and it definitely allowed me to enjoy my weekend.

    Once again thanks for all your great help and support in reaching a satisfactory conclusion.

    Mr A.

    Peter Hastings
  • We’re delighted with the service offered by Peter Hastings at Rogers-Norton. Hassle free, completely upfront and direct. He answered any and all questions we had promptly and in full. Hopefully wont have to but definitely would use again and most importantly he won!

    Always Pure Organics Limited

    Peter Hastings
  • When dealing with serious issues involving HMRC it is crucial to take legal advice as soon as possible. Peter Hastings vast experience of handing tax investigations and disputes proved invaluable at a very difficult time. With his support and expertise we achieved the best possible outcome.

    Mr CB

    Peter Hastings
  • We couldn’t be more impressed with how Rogers & Norton dealt with our customs issues so quickly and efficiently. We were expecting months of chaos and this was all sorted in a matter of days. Highly recommend.

    Mr J

    Peter Hastings