Options when customs seizes your things
Customs will destroy or sell anything it seizes from you for breaking the rules on bringing or receiving goods from abroad, unless you:
- ask for your things back - you can do this even if you agree customs was right to seize them
- think customs was wrong to seize your things – you will have to go to court
This applies to:
- goods, cars and other vehicles you bring into the UK
- any vehicle you use to transport your things
- packages in the post
Collecting things from a seized vehicle
You have 45 days to collect anything you left in your vehicle if it has been seized. Send a letter marked ‘personal property’ to the address on the notice or letter you got from customs.
If your things or cash are seized as criminal evidence
Customs officers can also seize goods, vehicles and cash you bring into the UK if they suspect a crime. They will explain what happens next and what you can do.
Complain about how you were treated
You can complain about how customs officers treated you during a customs seizure. Complain to Border Force or HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), depending on who seized your things.
Check the notice or letter you got from customs if you do not know who seized your things.
Contact HMRC if you have questions about customs.
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