Another Victory!

Just had word from a couple who've just returned home from a trip to Bulgaria. They purchased 50 cartons of cigarettes and 2kg of tobacco.When they checked in at Bourgas Airport for their flight home, Bulgarian Customs tried it on with them saying that they are only allowed to take 200 cigarettes out of the country. Our couple produced our letter from these Bulgarian Customs boss and all of a sudden their attitude changed. BG Customs did check that the cigarettes had duty paid stickers on them (saving face?) and that was it. The couple were free to board ... as were their goods.

Upon arrival in the UK they fully expected to be met by UKBA but with our help they had been prepared for them too. lt wasn't necessary as Customs were not manned. Happy Days!


  1. Once again SH reaches the parts other beers do not reach and nine out of ten consumers prefer his tropical freshness...of something like that.

  2. Customs was not manned! Does that mean there are some airports at certain times of the day are the best ones to be flying into, given customs will be off-duty and home in bed asleep instead of hassling and arresting law abiding citizens returning from overseas tobacco buying trips? There might be some better odds upon return knowing the local work schedules for custom offices in the airports.

  3. Brilliant. Well done you! You've managed to change things for the better by giving people the means to fight for their rights!


"In the eyes of the Tribunal the review letter contained several preconceptions, prejudgments and non-sequiturs"

"the absurdity of this reason is demonstrated by simply stating it"

"We therefore find that Mr Sked misdirected himself as to the Policy in carrying out the review and his decision is therefore one that no reasonable review officer could have arrived at."

... commonly known here at N2D as 'Skeds' ... that is to say these are Judges comments regarding UKBA Review Officer Ian Sked's reasons for rejecting peoples appeals against seizures.

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