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The warning of liability to prosecution has as you can imagine troubled me. The notice of seizure states that i can appeal within a month to stop the goods being destroyed but that they will then take action to condemn them so I'm not worried about losing the cigars but I don't know if I should write to HMRC to explain that i bought the goods in good faith from what appeared to be a reputable website or am I better to just wait until after the month is up and see what happens?
Yes but I can't seem to paste it into this box...here's the web address and the details are in the FAQs
I'm still unable to paste the screen shots into this reply box...I have tried!!
So just to clarify Jo...I can write to them explaining the situation but that won't be deemed as an appeal. I have also just recieved an email from the company which says...
Sorry for the delay answering.We have thousands of customers in the UK that receive our products regularly without any issue as you have just received.There is free movement of goods and people within the EU so you can buy anything you want in any EU member state paying taxes on it and not having to pay taxes again in the UK. Thousands of our customers are enjoying that way of cheaper tobacco.On the other hand C&E are not happy with it and on rare occasions they intercept a package and destroy it. In the extremely rare cases that this happens we reship with a different method at no extra cost to the customer. They also run campaigns trying to say that it is illegal, but it isn't and the proof is that thousands of customers are enjoying our service since 1998.
Thanks for your help!