The five fingers of the law
July 15, 2011 1:49 AM Subscribe
I had a package misclassified by Australian Customs and seized on that basis. I can apply for its release but apparently they are forced to sue me if I do so. Wtf?
posted by polyglot to law & government (8 answers total)
Laser pointers of >1mW are prohibited items in Australia so I made very sure to buy those that were <1mW; my Kelpie will accept nothing less for entertainment. I just got a letter saying they're seized as being suspected prohibited items, namely for being >1mW. I'm pretty sure they just went "laser pointers, yoink" regardless of the actual output power.
Applying for the release is easy but it means that they are "statutorily required" to being court proceedings against me to seize the goods again, and they are generally quite confident about winning most such cases and that I will end up wearing ~$400 court costs on top of the lost items (about $35 worth).
Does anyone have experience with dealing with Australian customs? Obviously I'm going to call next week and ask some pointed questions but if someone has dealt with this BS before, I'd like to hear your experiences. Specifically, has anyone had any success in getting them to more-carefully inspect goods?