U.S. Customs & Border Protection enforces the regulations of over forty US Government agencies as they apply to imported goods.Such agencies include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms or ATF, the Food and Drug Administration or FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC, and the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA. If imported goods fail to comply with the regulations at time of entry, the US Customs and Border Protection can detain or seize the goods and there is the potential for penalties or liquidated damage claims to be issued. When imported goods are detained or seized it is essential to address the issue promptly and properly. The Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly has extensive experience in assisting companies and individuals address such situations and obtain release of the products timely and properly.
What Should I Expect if a Seizure and Forfeiture Happens to Me?
In most cases, at the time that your goods are seized, you will be issued a “Custody Receipt for Seized Property and Evidence Form,” or a form 6051S. At the top of this form you will see various numbers.The Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures Office of Customs can track your case with the FPF number.
The Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures Office of Customs can track your case with the FPF number.Also on this form, you will see a list that includes everything that was seized, and a contact number for Customs. A formal written notice of seizure should also be sent to you from the Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures Office. It should be sent certified mail and is known as a CAFRA notice. A response is required from you within thirty days from the day this notice was sent.
I Have Received a Seizure and Forfeiture Notice, What Now?
It is not advised that you respond to the US Customs and Border Protection or the Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures Office without an attorney experienced in such matters. A Customs attorney will have the experience and knowledge to know exactly what you will need to do to get through the process with the least difficulty possible.