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A NEW ERA FOR LUXURY
Check whether any products you wish
to transport are CITES-protected
Post-Brexit, the UK Government is encouraging all of us to adapt to new import and export rules
The UK is a fashion powerhouse with a booming luxury economy. These are industries with a proud history of European collaboration and inspiration, relying heavily on resources, research and artisans from across the Continent. Now that we have left the EU and the Brexit transition period has ended, it is important to understand how the new regulations for exports and imports affect both consumers and the UK-based creators of our favourite brands. As Great Britain is no longer covered by the blanket permissions that enabled free movement of goods between EU countries, what should we be aware of when buying luxury or vintage products from across the Channel? And how can British designers source their preferred materials? Here’s what you need to know.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement protecting more than 37,000 species of animals and plants (including both live specimens and products made from parts). Following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December, any UK-based business or individual hoping to import or export items included on this list to or from the EU – products such as skin creams containing caviar, for example – needs to file paperwork at least 30 days in advance. The permits they receive will be valid for six months, and goods should be transported through one of 29 designated ‘UK Points of Entry and Exit’. Those who plan to move CITES products outside of Great Britain will also need to check the requirements of the intended destination.
Other products affected include jewellery made using coral, tortoiseshell or shells; purses, bags or belts created with snake or crocodile skin; whalebone, used in vintage garments; worked ivory items that are exempt from the 2018 ban (some jewellery, furniture, carvings, piano keys and decorative inlays); taxidermy and furniture crafted from rosewood, teak, mahogany or ebony.
You must check whether any products you wish to transport are CITES-protected and if so, ensure that you secure the right paperwork in advance. Things may have changed, but with the right knowledge, consumers can continue to enjoy luxury goods as British designers adapt to a post-Brexit landscape.
Check the guidance, make the changes and let’s get going. To find out more about the Government guidelines, visit www.gov.uk/transition.