..."have been seized and removed for appropriate action"...
That must realy hurt, at least on this side of the pond they usually knock on the door with the goods in hand, and ask for a few hundred pounds! otherwise they take them for "appropriate action",,
in any event, it sucks!
Jack I guess as long as you have been on the slope this isn't the first time this has happened. I got 400 cirgarillo's taken about 5 months ago. They sent a letter asking if I wanted to claim the items, I sent it back and declined to claim the goods, I told them I didn't know sh^t about any cuban cigars and haven't heard anything since. Like for everyone I hope all you lose is the package. If they press for a fine we all know that will make our favorite pastime more of a risk. Hopefully your package landed in the hand of a smoker or someone looking to sell your smokes for a buck instead of someone trying to make a name for theirselves by beating up cirgar lover, I guess it's harded to catch real criminals. By the way I still have my eyes on those Davidoffs. Bman
Bman- This is surely not my first siezure, But it's the first to be sent to me in such a way. before it has always been that the vendor informs me or I see the tracking stop. This will, if they do act, will be my first letter. Why I have not gotten one in the past I couldn't tell you. Probably working up a case file on my ass
Thankfully, I live on the other side of the pond, and the customs agents slaver more at the thought of taking a big chunk of dough out of you for the tobacco taxes and slaes tax (25% in this socialistic hellhole) than anything else.
That beign said, I have packages shipped regularly from HK, and the last ones came with green tape on the side "Inspected by customs". I guess they didn't buy the description of it being a desk pen set and china tea set. I always get a laugh out of what my vendor writes as the contents. However, the cigars were untouched, and no fines were levied, and I'm not about to ask why. Joy.
However, I was just wondering, how many of you folks ship to different addresses? Personally, after this shipment, I'm going covert, and wont ship to my own address for any shipments outside of the European Union. It's a tax thing more than anything else, and if the packages are inter-Union, then there is no problem, as you're allowed 200 sticks a year without extra duty.
Been nabbed 4 times myself, one of them in person by customs at the airport. Can't wait for the day they come to cart me off to jail.
Let's ask Master Poker if he has any idea what the US Customs does once the contraband has been seized and forfeited. Do they shred it & incinerate it like they claim? Do they smoke any of them (and come to the dark side)?
Jack, sorry to hear the bad news. Knocking on wood, I haven't yet but I have had some boxes mysteriously disappear and the vendor swore they sent them both times. I discontinued using both of them after these episodes....