Border Force Restoration Success

Peter Hastings, Rogers & Norton


The Rogers & Norton HMRC and UK Border Force Litigation team were delighted to help with the restoration of almost 400 litres of tequila for a local business.

The goods were seized by UK Border Force at Felixstowe Port, and after the team’s prompt and decisive action we were able to recover the valuable cargo for the company involved. We made a full submission that addressed legality (we considered the seizure was unlawful) and also submitted substantial grounds for restoration. Our client’s future was in jeopardy and our expertise not only secured the release of the goods but guaranteed our client’s future.

We are regularly contacted by individuals and companies who have had goods seized or detained by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) or the UK Border Agency and we have a high level of success in recovering the items.

The advice given on HMRC’s website on how to appeal can be confusing, so it is beneficial to seek legal advice if you want to challenge the seizure and apply to have your goods returned.

We have a wide experience in dealing with detentions, stoppages and the seizure of goods by UK Border Force. The team deals with the worldwide importation of goods to the UK, including the huge market from China, Europe, America and Mexico. We work with clients who want goods restored at all major ports of entry, such as Felixstowe and London Gateway, together with Stansted, Gatwick & Heathrow.

We are experienced in Magistrates Court proceedings; First Tier Tax Tribunal; Court of Appeal; European Convention on Human Rights; Administrative Court and Injunctions and can assist with Tax, Duty and Vat claims and issues.

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