Customs Act 1901


Division 1 - Powers of officers  

Subdivision G - Dealing with goods seized as forfeited goods  



Subject to subsections (1A) and (1B), if goods are seized under a seizure warrant or under subsection 203B(2) or (2A) , 203C(2) , 203CA(3) or 203CB(2) , the owner of the goods may, whether or not a seizure notice has yet been served on the owner, make a claim to the appropriate person for the return of the goods.


A claim may not be made for the return of goods that have been taken to be condemned as forfeited to the Crown under subsection 243Y(1) .


Subsection (1A) ceases to apply in relation to the goods if subsection 243Y(1) ceases to apply in relation to the goods because of the operation of subsection 243Y(4) .

A claim:

(a) must be in writing in an approved form; and

(b) must specify the grounds on which the claim is made; and

(c) if it is made by a person who does not reside or have a place of business in Australia, must:

(i) appoint an agent in Australia with authority to accept service of documents, including process in any proceedings, arising out of the matter; and

(ii) specify the address of the agent for service; and

(iii) be accompanied by the written consent of the agent signed by the agent, agreeing to act as agent.


In this section:

"appropriate person"

(a) in relation to goods other than narcotic-related goods - the Comptroller-General of Customs; and

(b) in relation to narcotic-related goods:

(i) the Commissioner of Police; or

(ii) a Deputy Commissioner of Police.


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