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Putri Projosujadi v Director of Border Revenue

In Putri Projosujadi v Director of Border Revenue [2015] UKUT 297 (9 June 2015) the UT found that a decision not to restore a confiscated bag was flawed as proportionality had not been considered.
The appellant had wished to purchase an alligator skin handbag in the US. She had arranged for the bag to be purchased in the US and brought to the UK by a friend. On arrival at Heathrow the bag had been duly declared through the red channel. Purchase documents and a CITES certificate (issued under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora) had been produced. However under the CITES convention and associated European legislation both a US export certificate and a UK import certificate were also required. As these were not produced the bag (which had cost $38...

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