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Seizure of Goods

Customs may seize goods which are prohibited or not correctly declared.

  • When Goods Can Be Seized

    Goods with Passengers When a Customs Officer finds goods or merchandise which is prohibited to import, such as weapons or quarantine-restricted items, they will seize the items in accordance with article 49 of Decree Law 11/2004  and, if deemed ne ... continue reading »

  • Notice of Seizure

    If your goods are seized by Customs, you will receive a Notice of Seizure. A Notice of Seizure: gives important advice and information on what you can do following the seizure of goods, including vehicles, by Customs details who to contact, and lis ... continue reading »

  • Appealing the Decision to Seize Goods

    If your goods were seized by Customs, there are several actions you may take. Appeal against the legality of the seizure If you believe that Customs had no legal right to seize the goods, you can challenge the legality of the seizure within five (5) ... continue reading »

  • What Happens to Seized Goods

    What happens to the seized goods if the owner does not appeal or provide a guarantee? If the owner of the seized goods fails to provide a guarantee, surety or cash deposit and then does not pay the Customs debt and the imposed fine, within 30 days o ... continue reading »