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Old 09-04-2011, 03:32   #46
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Re: Turned away by customs?

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sorry are we confusing immigration laws with customs laws here?
the post was about being denied entry by customs.
I don't think that Customs will stop you entering, just control what you bring. Immigration are more interested in you and as far as I'm aware are the only one's that can refuse entry.

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Re: Turned Away by Customs?

In an obvious attempt to get back on topic, I would suggest the MOST important act a cruiser can perform to maximize the chances he won't be denied entry by Customs officials anywhere is to make absolutely certain that there is no contraband of ANY description aboard their vessel. This is not only confined to drugs but also firearms, plants, animals or any other substances that are prohibited by the country you are trying to enter. It is the skippers' responsibilty to know in advance what the particular laws and regulations of the country the vessel is entering are and to ensure the boat and his crew abide by the rules.
My biggest problem/concerns on doing international deliveries were whether or not the owner had secreted something aboard on the ship I was delivering or having a crew member try and bring a prohibited substance into the country. While Immigration normally dealt with the latter, the fact that a prohibited substance or article was aboard the vessel for which I was responsible would cause no end of problems with Customs and could cause the boat to be turned around at best or siezed and fines, detention and possible loss of license worst case.
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Re: Turned Away by Customs?

This thread seems to have irretrievably sunk into the quagmire of politics and is now closed.


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