Brexit Law – Seizure of Goods or Cash

Now that the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union, the British government has implemented a new system of rules and regulations to control the import and export of goods.

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By Isaac Mirza - 21st June 2021

New import and export rules have been introduced thanks to the UK’s exit from the EU. Failure to comply with these new regulations could result in the seizure of goods or cash.

Seizure of goods

Now that the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union, the British government has implemented a new system of rules and regulations to control the import and export of goods. The import and export of goods is now heavily regulated and subject to closer scrutiny. Due to these changes, problems will likely be identified by the authorities in the following areas:

  • Paperwork
  • Tax
  • Customs Duty
  • Type and classification of goods

If any such issues do arise, it could have an impact on whether the goods reach their final destination. The goods could be delayed, seized or even worse, destroyed.

Seizure of cash

The UK authorities also have the power to seize cash. The number of cash seizures has increased since Brexit thanks to regulation changes and a rise in the number of HMRC/Border Force officers.

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What to do if goods or cash are seized

If your goods or cash is seized, then you have the following options:

  1. Ask for your goods or cash to be returned

You can ask for your goods or cash to be returned. You may have to provide additional evidence to support your request, such as the origin of the goods and place of manufacture. With regard to cash, you may have to show where the money came from. We can assist you with contacting the relevant government department and making the right sort of representations on your behalf. We can also help with all other aspects of the process, including being present in an interview with the authorities.

  1. Challenge the legality of the seizure

It may be possible for you to challenge the legality of the seizure. If you instruct Aticus Law's business solicitors, we can make representations to the authorities. If appropriate, we can take the matter to court on your behalf.

  1. Go to court

You can ask to go to court to have your goods/cash to be returned. If your goods have been destroyed, then you may be able to get compensation.

  1. Get independent evidence

If your goods are seized because they are suspected of being counterfeit, we can arrange independent evidence to assist with the release of your goods.

It should be noted that the authorities do have the power to pursue criminal prosecutions against you or any company where goods/cash have been seized.

Speak to our solicitors

Have you been subject to the seizure of goods or cash? If so, we can help you with your notice of claim. We can also request that your goods be returned. We strongly advise you to contact us straight away. Timely legal advice is often essential in these matters.

For further information and advice, please contact Isaac Mirza on 07594310212, or by e-mail on Isaac.mirza@aticuslaw.co.uk.

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