Border Force Restoration Success

Peter Hastings, Rogers and Norton

Border Force Restoration Success

19th Feb 2019

The litigation team has achieved yet another major success in successfully gaining the restoration of an HGV tractor unit seized by HMRC Border Force. The lorry had been impounded following the discovery of a quantity of alcohol belonging to the driver in his cab.

Despite the alcohol having no connection to the owners of the lorry, Border Force made the decision to seize the cab, potentially costing the owners hundreds of pounds a day in loss of income, on top of the loss of an expensive tractor unit worth in excess of €50,000 euros.


Our client had repeatedly warned their drivers that they were forbidden to take any quantities of alcohol that exceeded permitted limits when they cross the border. This was stated in two languages and every driver signed it, but the employee (subsequently dismissed) still chose to disregard the directive.


We were delighted that Border Force chose to restore the lorry to our client free of charge, following our appeal challenging the refusal to restore. They accepted the efforts made by our client and our submissions.


As one of the leading legal teams involved in this type of work, our detailed and thorough knowledge of HMRC Border Forces systems and procedures enabled us to mount a detailed challenge to the seizure. The client was very pleased with the outcome in recovering their lorry, minimising both the loss of income to them and the inconvenience to their customers. The restoration was achieved quickly.


The success of the team is based on the ability to act quickly and decisively to support our clients in very trying and stressful circumstances. Companies can have both goods and assets seized that impact heavily on their ability to trade successfully – we understand the issues involved and use our experience to help gain a successful outcome for them. Our clients are based throughout the UK, Europe, the Far East. Mexico and USA.


If you need help and advice concerning a similar situation you can contact us at or on 01603 675639.

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