Ivory Act: 9 weeks left to register items comprising less than 10% ivory

Ivory Act:

  • 9 weeks left to register items comprising less than 10% ivory (from Monday 4 April)

  • Applications should be made now for exemption certificates for items of high artistic, cultural or historical value

  • BADA ivory webinar recording available here


Members are reminded that in order to continue offering for sale pre-1947 items comprising less than 10 per cent i

New Gallery Opening: Ottocento in Petworth


Opening Weekend 29 April - 1 May 2022


Ottocento Fine Art is opening a gallery in Petworth this spring, bringing its carefully curated collection of fine art paintings, prints and works on paper to the thriving art scene in Petworth. The opening weekend will offer the opportunity for art lovers, collectors, dealers and interior designers to be among the first to view the new gallery space and the collection of works currently available.

bada.org update February 2022

The association’s website continued to go from strength to strength in 2021 and is now averaging more than 40,000 visitors every month.

Having focussed our efforts on design and user experience for the past 12 months, the BADA tech committee is now making SEO our primary priority with a view to increasing our growing audience of collectors in the coming months.

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The graph below illustrates the tremendous progress the website has made in attracting new clients since its launch in March 2018.

Amended import/export commodity codes for works of art and antiques

With effect from 1 January 2022 the World Customs Organisation (WCO) has made some amendments to commodity codes including the Chapter 97 codes that apply to works of art and antiques.  This has resulted in changes to the UK Tariff codes for both exports and imports, and similar changes to the EU codes.

The WCO changes affect the first 6 digits of the 10 digit commodity codes. Individual countries can create further subdivisions using the last four digits; for example for the UK and EU this has occurred in respect of collections/collectors' pieces.

EU Commission's recommendation of an ivory import/export prohibition starts 19 January 2022


EU Commission's recommendation of an ivory import/export prohibition starts 19 January 2022


Unfortunately, the EU Commission yesterday issued its final wording for the new regulation on the internal EU sales of elephant ivory items and its ivory guidance document to Member States covering both internal EU sales, as well as international trade.


Antique hunting trophies to be exempted from Government's proposed import ban


Two years ago the Government carried out a consultation into the possibility on placing a ban on the import of hunting trophies of endangered wildlife. In responding to the consultation BADA argued that if such a ban were to be introduced then there should be an exemption for pre-1947 "taxidermied" specimens (which includes "antique" specimens).


On 10 December 2021 the Government has made an announcement concerning its intention to ban the import of hunting trophies, more details of which can be read here:

Anti-money laundering registration

Members are reminded that any dealer who handles items with a value of €10,000 or more (i.e £8,500+) in any of these categories: paintings, watercolours, drawings, limited edition prints, original sculpture, limited edition casts (in any medium), as well as tapestries, counts as an Art Market Participant (AMP) for anti-money laundering purposes.  Such businesses were required to register with HM Revenue & Customs as an AMP from 10 June 2021.

Ivory Act - publication of summary of responses to May 2021 consultation

The Government has published its summary of responses to the Ivory Act 2018 consultation that took place in May 2021.

Details can be found here: 

Some changes to the implementation process have been made as a result of the consultation.  In summary the main points are: