So today I had some really bad news and I am writing this to try and make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else and to hear any advice. After saving up for months I found a 60's guitar on Reverb and bought it for about $4000 / £3200. The Reverb store shipped the guitar with no CITES document and I was then told by UPS it would be held until a CITES document was issued by the vendor. The vendor issued the CITES and stated that the fretboard was made of Brazilian Rosewood. I was then asked for an import license, which I don't have, because I didn't know I needed one. UPS told me to phone CITES, who said they would not issue a retrospective license and they told me to phone Borderforce, who have now seized the guitar because I illegally imported it without an import license. I'm now waiting for the documents to be sent telling me they have the guitar and it will probably be destroyed. The anger has already passed and I'm now just very upset and embarrassed. How could I have been so naive and ignorant? But am I the only one to blame for this? Why are Reverb allowing international purchases of items that will be seized? Why did the vendor not ask if I had an import license? Please go easy on me.