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The French customs have seized my goods – what should I do ?






The French customs have seized my goods – what should I do ?

French Customs have very wide powers indeed, but generally are only able to seize goods for a limited period of time, as little as 8 days in certain specific circumstances. Thereafter, proceedings on the merits justifying the seizure must be commenced before the Courts by French Customs, failing which the goods must be released. In any event, it is vital to obtain a clear copy of the initial formal Customs report which is known as a procès-verbal in French, (plural procès-verbaux). This document sets out the facts and the details of the alleged offences and is habitually drafted only in the French language.







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