HMS Customs has issued a caution on the sale of goods imported duty free being advertised online.

In a statement on Friday, a spokesman issued a reminder that anyone who “imported goods with the benefit of duty relief” must submit “an application to customs to sell or donate such goods”.

Failure to do so could result in a penalty and seizure of the goods.

“The collector may approve sale or donation of such goods on payment of the outstanding import duty. Failure to obtain approval to divert restricted duty free goods to home use may result in a monetary penalty being imposed on the seller and seizure of the goods in question from the buyer,” he said.

Anyone interested in selling or donating duty relieved goods is urged to contact Customs via email at

The spokesman noted that there are “dedicated customs officers” on standby “to process diversion applications speedily”.