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COMMENT: As the clock ticks on ivory antiques, there are three things the industry must do

26 July 2016

As world legislators clamp down on the modern ivory trade, an ATG round table reveals the antique variety has a serious image problem to tackle

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Protest at new EU proposals to tackle looters and a ‘potentially misleading’ survey

09 June 2016

The EU’s planned crackdown on terrorism funding and the way it is investigating possible legislation is a ‘big concern to the trade’.

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Narwhal tusk returned by Border Force

08 December 2015

An antique narwhal tusk that faced destruction following a dispute over paperwork has been returned to its owner after a judge ruled its confiscation by customs had been “unreasonable”.

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Lawyer slams DEFRA over CITES chaos

01 July 2015

A leading CITES lawyer has criticised DEFRA’s “wholesale failure” to alert the public to law changes, after a court fined a jeweller £2000 for selling antique tiger claw pendants.

‘Innocent until proven guilty over CITES’

22 December 2014

The burden of proof in CITES court cases should now switch from the defence to the prosecution, says a lawyer who has just won an important victory on the matter.

CITES court cases show that burden of proof now lies firmly with the prosecution

22 December 2014

Lawyer ANDREW BANKS reviews three recent CITES cases and considers what we might learn from them...

No more ivory for us, says auctioneer after £3200 fine

04 November 2014

Embroiled in the debate regarding the rights and wrongs of selling elephant ivory works of art, Chiswick Auctions have become the first UK saleroom to stop almost all sales of ivory – regardless of age.

Auction house fined £3200 over ivory breach

20 October 2014

Magistrates have fined a West London auction house £3200 for breaching the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) (CITES) Regulations 1997.

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Auction house charged over ivory sale

08 September 2014

A West London auction house is facing court, charged with the sale of a modern elephant ivory carving under the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) (CITES) Regulations 1997.

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Danish furniture pulled from sale over CITES

29 January 2014

More than 80 lots of Danish rosewood furniture were withdrawn from Sworder’s January 28 sale of Decorative Art and Design after advice that their sale contravened the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna.

Our CITES guidelines are too confusing, Whitehall admit

16 September 2013

Whitehall officials overseeing CITES enforcement have removed guidelines from their website after conceding that they are confusing.

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Seminar highlights impact of the new endangered species rules

12 September 2013

The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers held a seminar titled ‘CITES, What’s Going On?’ in London on September 2 attended by more than 40 members.

Border Agency at CITES seminar

27 August 2013

A top official from the Border Agency has been added to the list of speakers at SOFAA’s September 2 seminar on the impact of the new endangered species guidelines.

CITES seminar on new regulations

05 August 2013

The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA) will hold a CPD seminar on Monday, September 2, titled ‘CITES – What’s Going On?’

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CITES: no licences for ‘unworked’ elephant ivory

08 July 2013

New rules governing trade in the parts of endangered species will hit the antiques trade harder than first thought.

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Sudden CITES clampdown shocks trade

24 June 2013

New guidance from the European Commission has significantly tightened CITES rules, effectively banning the sale of a far wider range of antiques linked to endangered species.

Rhino horn restrictions to include all ‘worked’ items

19 March 2012

RESTRICTIONS surrounding the export of rhino horn from countries within the European Union have been further tightened to include all items, whether or not they have been ‘worked’.

Rhinoceros horn: further changes to the UK law

25 October 2010

THE Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have issued further important guidelines regarding the sale of antique rhinoceros horn.

Antique Rhino Horn: The Rules

23 August 2010

MOST antiques that include the “parts and derivatives” of endangered species enjoy an exemption from CITES controls known as the “worked item” derogation.