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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 necessary, detain the passenger.

Customs may also seize goods or detain a passenger when a person:

  • tries to enter Timor-Leste  without submitting to Customs control
  • does not make a declaration or makes a false declaration 
  • passes through the Green Channel carrying goods that should have been declared to Customs, or
  • carries:
    – objects indented for sale or any commercial or industrial activity
    – more than 2.5 litres of alcoholic beverages, with a volume more than 22% or 5 litres of alcoholic beverages, or
    – more than 200 stick of cigarettes or 200 grams of tobacco.


Customs Officers will seize any undeclared goods or prohibited goods they find which are imported by cargo into Timor-Leste.

Motor Vehicles

If an importer or Customs Broker falsifies or provides false documents as part of the importation process of a motor vehicle, the vehicle will be seized by Customs and becomes the property of the State.