A Rolls Royce Phantom was seized by Italian customs on Tuesday, May 25. The reason ? The interior upholstery of this luxury car was made of crocodile leather. A practice prohibited by the international treaty for the protection of endangered flora and fauna, report our colleagues from Capital, relaying information from the site Engine1.
This Rolls Royce Phantom was arriving from Russia bound for Italy. The journey of this vehicle went smoothly until the Italian customs officials noticed this rather special leather.
A complaint filed against the importer of the vehicle
This interior layout was carried out by a spare parts company without ever being validated by the manufacturer Rolls Royce. This could not have been the case because the crocodile is a protected species under the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Since its entry into force in 1975, this text, signed by 160 countries including Italy, requires a certificate of authorization to be obtained so that certain animal skins or furs can be sold. Following the seizure of this vehicle by Italian customs officials, a complaint was filed against the importer of the Rolls Royce Phantom. He risks a significant fine but also having to remove the crocodile skin covering of the passenger compartment of this luxurious car.