More help for the industry on CITES matters


You may recall that our MIA shipping partners, VELTA, recently created a specialist help and advice line to support the industry with CITES issues (see bottom of this article for details).

 We now also have a specialist legal firm (Rogers & Norton) 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)

Peter Hastings of Rogers & Norton is recognised as a leader and specialist, dealing with disputes, claims, Appeals and injunctions against HMRC and the UK Border Force. Peter is acting for and has acted for those within the musical industry. Peter is available to have an informal telephone call with MIA members, to discuss any issues they may have – free of charge, prior to deciding the best way to proceed.

Helping you see the wood through the trees

Peter Hastings and his team are receiving instructions regarding the increased restrictions being applied to the importation of goods containing rosewood and ivory after a ruling by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES). The listing took effect on 2 January 2017, and any imports or exports of items containing rosewood will generally require CITES documentation.

The legislation is intended to regulate international trade to ensure that it continues in a sustainable manner – countries harvesting and exporting rosewood will now be required to demonstrate this.

Rosewood is a key component in the manufacture of stringed instruments such as guitars, violins and banjos, so 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.

It’s been reported that lack of staff, the volume of paperwork and licences to be dealt with, coupled with the law being only newly implemented, is causing back log and confusion.

Peter commented “This has wider implications than you would imagine and could impact on a many successful companies involved in the manufacturer and importation of stringed instruments and furniture.   Both the companies and the government are still trying to understand and unravel many aspects of the law, from where the wood originates to how the law applies to pre-owned instruments. The details are complex and involved, so the need for expert legal support and advice is paramount – time spent talking to me at the outset could end saving you time and money later on.  Without the correct licence, Border Force could seize the imported goods. We can assist with such issues and deal with condemnation proceedings and an appeal for restoration”

If you are having a similar issue, contact Peter and his team at or 01603 675639

Velta support for the industry

Velta International are pleased to announce their new CITES Permit Application and Advice Service.

The service is exclusively free of charge to MIA members and aims to offer importers and exporters peace of mind that new regulations for Dalbergia (Rosewood) are correctly followed in order to avoid penalties, delays and/or seizure of stock.

Features of the service:

* Team of compliance experts, helping you to understand the regulations and your responsibilities.

* Local agents in overseas territories, handling communication with buyers and vendors.

* Import/export permit processing.

To connect with Velta’s experts email