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Caution issued over ‘duty relieved’ goods

H.M Customs (Photo by Akil Simmons)

The Customs Department has issued an imports warning after a number of online posts advertising the sale of goods imported free of duty.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Department said: “We would like to remind persons who have imported goods with the benefit of duty relief of their obligation to make prior application to customs to sell or donate such goods.

“The collector may approve sale or donation of such goods on payment of the outstanding import duty.

“Failure to obtain approval to divert restricted duty-free goods to home use may result in a monetary penalty being imposed on the seller and seizure of the goods in question from the buyer.”

Those who are interested in selling or donating duty-relieved goods are encouraged to contact customs at customs@gov.bm, with the spokesman adding: “Dedicated customs officers are standing by to process diversion applications speedily.”