Customs Act 1901


Division 1 - Powers of officers  

Subdivision D - Seizure of goods believed to be forfeited goods  



An authorised person who exercises powers under section 203B , 203C , 203CA or 203CB in relation to a conveyance must not detain the conveyance for longer than is necessary and reasonable to exercise those powers.


An authorised person exercising powers under section 203B , 203C , 203CA or 203CB may use such force as is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances, but must not:

(a) forcibly remove any container or other goods from a person ' s physical possession; or

(b) damage any place, conveyance, container or other goods of which the person is apparently in charge;


(c) the person has been given a reasonable opportunity to facilitate the exercise of the powers by providing access to the place, conveyance, container or goods or by opening the conveyance or container; or

(d) it is not possible to give that person such an opportunity.


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