Customs Consolidation Act, 1876

Sorting, repacking, &c. goods in warehouse; fortifying and racking wine, &c.

95. With the sanction of the Commissioners of Customs, and after such notice given by the respective importers or proprietors, and at such times and under such regulations and restrictions as the Commissioners of Customs shall from time to time require and direct, it shall be lawful in the warehouse to sore, separate, pack, and repack any goods, and to make such alterations therein as may be necessary for the preservation sale shipment or disposal thereof, provided that such goods be repacked in the packages in which they were imported, or in such other packages as the Commissioners shall permit [1] (not being less in any case, if the goods be to be exported or to be removed to another warehouse, than is required by law on the importation of such goods); and also to draw off British spirits into bottles for home consumption, or wine or spirits into reputed quart or pint bottles, or bottles or flasks of such smaller size as the Commissioner of Customs may see fit, for exportation only; and to draw off and mix with any wine spirits, not being British flavoured or compounded spirits, and not exceeding the proportion of ten gallons of spirits to one hundred gallons of wine, provided that if the wine so mixed be thereby raised to a greater degree of strength than forty per cent of such proof spirit, such wine shall not be admitted for home consumption; but wine in bond may be fortified to a greater degree of strength for exportation only, if it appear to the said Commissioners to be necessary for its preservation; and also to fill up any casks of wine or spirits from any other casks of the same respectively secured in the same warehouse; and also to rack off any wine from the lees, and mix any wines of the same sort, erasing from the cask all import brands, unless the whole of the wine so mixed be of the same brand; and also to take such samples of goods as may be allowed by the Commissioners of Customs, with or without entry, and with or without payment of duty, except as the same may eventually become payable as on a deficiency of the original quantity; and after such goods have been so separated and repacked in proper or approved packages, the Commissioners of Customs may, at the request of the importer or proprietor of such goods, cause or permit any refuse, damage, or surplus goods occasioned by such separation or repacking, or, at the like request, any goods which may not be worth the duty, to be destroyed, and may remit the duty payable thereon.

[1 The words following in brackets do not apply to tobacco, 60 & 61 Vict. c. 24. s. 3.]