- Published: Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:13
In the past, the repealed Customs law did not assist Customs to effectively deal with undeclared or surplus goods. Not only does Customs face this difficulty, but even those Importers who may not be aware of their surplus goods, but really want them, had to go through hectic processes to get their goods released. This has all changed now with the introduction of the new Customs Act No. 7 of 2013. Section 180 clearly states that goods which were not fully accounted for in terms of the number of packages, or uncustomed goods or goods found so packed as to be likely to deceive a Customs Officer, are to be forfeited to the State. Section 181 further states that such goods may be seized by Customs.