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Customs officers have the right to seize any items in the UK if either the excised goods (such as tobacco or alcohol) if duty has not been paid on them properly, if the items are restricted or banned in the UK or if customs laws or regulations have been broken. The Border Force deals with seizure in the UK.
What happens when your items are seized?
If your items are seized when you are present, the reason for the seizure must be explained to you and you will receive a 'seizure information notice' which is a list of the items which have been seized. If you are not present when your things are seized then you will receive a 'notice of seizure' through the post which gives you information like: who carried out the seizure, the reason and legal grounds for which they carried out the seizure and a list of all the items that have been seized.
You then have different options depending on whether or not you believe the seizure was right. If you know or believe that the seizure was right and you do not want the items back then nothing further need be done and the items will be disposed of.