27.1025 Liability for duties a personal debt and lien.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 27.1025]

The liability for duties attaching on importation constitutes a personal debt due from the importer to the government which can be discharged only by payment in full of duties legally accruing. It may be enforced notwithstanding that an erroneous construction of law or regulation may have enabled the importer to pass his goods through the customs house without such payment. It also constitutes a lien upon the merchandise imported, which may be enforced as a possessory lien while the merchandise is in the custody or subject to the control of the government, and thereafter by an action in the appropriate court.

History: 1963, PL8-l; amd 1979, PL 16-53 § 9; 2008, PL 30-36.


Amendments: 1979 Substituted “appropriate court” for “High Court”.