In most jurisdictions, customs law is particularly strict, allowing goods to be seized and penalties imposed even in cases where there has been no deliberate attempt to avoid taxes or breach prohibitions. A real risk to businessmen and senior executives is Customs’ ability to instigate criminal proceedings in cases where they perceive that there has been“recklessness” on the part of a director, partner or employee of the company.
A customs investigation can be a very difficult experience for someone who has not previously been the subject of an in-depth inquiry. We can provide a client with the customs expertise and resources necessary to defend itself against a customs investigation. In such situations, we would usually work closely with a client’s lawyers so that the best defence can be presented. Our first class knowledge of customs law, practice and procedures enables us to help a business reach a satisfactory solution to such a threat.