Topic: Section 6. Application of law relating to sea customs and powers

Section 6. Application of law relating to sea customs and powers of Customs Officers

(1) The law for the time being in force relating to sea customs and to goods, the import of which is prohibited by See. 18 of the Sea Customs Act, 1878 (8 of 1878)1 shall, subject to the provisions of Sec. 16 of this Act, apply, in respect of articles of food, the import of which is prohibited under Sec. 5 of this Act, and officers of Customs and officers empowered under that Act to perform the duties imposed thereby on a 2[Commissioner of Customs] and other officers of Customs shall have the same powers in respect of such articles of food as they have for the time being in respect of such goods as aforesaid.

(2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1) the 3[Commissioner of Customs], or any officer of the Government authorised by the Central Government in this behalf, may detain any imported package which he suspects to contain any article of food the import of’ which is prohibited under Sec. 5 of this Act, and shall forthwith report such detention to the Director of the Central Food Laboratory and, if required by him, forward the package or send samples of any suspected articles of food found therein to the said Laboratory