Dili – On the morning of the 27th February 2015, Customs Officers, in the presence of the Vice Minister of Finance, Mr. Helder Lopes, opened eight abandoned containers in Dili Port.
The eight containers contained office and home furniture, second hand cars, heavy construction equipment, agricultural containers and flours.
These goods were originally seized as they were not disclosed. In accordance with Timor-Leste’s Customs Code, all goods, except for those enter into a free zone, which come into the customs territory shall be subject to the presentation of a customs declaration, which may be made verbally, in writing, or electronically.
According to the Law, goods whose limits for storage exceeds 60 days shall be considered abandoned, after all measures are exhausted. These goods will be discharged either through sales in auction, donation or destruction.
Vice Minister, in his brief to the media, remarked that he will discuss this matter with the Minister and the relevant authorities on the follow up measures required to discharge these abandoned goods.