Importing from USA - mother of pearl watch face

Posted 16th Feb 2021
Hey guys. I recently bought a watch from America, and the forwarding agent has said they cannot send it to me without paying $150 plus $50 admin for a license, because the mother of pearl watch face makes it an animal product. Is this right??

I have been back to the merchant who hasn't been very helpful and ended up suggesting I contact HMRC, which I did, but they were equally as helpful; not very.

Does a watch face really deem it an animal product??
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