HC Deb 31 July 1923 vol 167 c1264

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the Customs authorities permit scent to be imported into this country through the parcels post, and confiscate such article if sent by sample or letter post; whether he can inform the House under what Regulations this right is sought to be exercised and the interests sought to be served by this course; and whether he is aware that only a small percentage of cases are treated in this way?


Under the general Customs law, perfumed spirits may be imported through the parcels and insured box posts but not by sample or letter post. Such goods imported by the latter methods are liable to forfeiture and may be subjected to fines or returned to the country of export. The object of these provisions is to safeguard the revenue and they are in accordance with the Regulations of the International Postal Union which are operative in all countries within the Union. As regards the last part of the question, suitable action is taken by the Customs authorities in all cases of infringement brought to their notice.

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