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Customs defend right to charge air passenger 20,000 baht for tax on designer bag

The Customs Department has responded to claims that they fleeced an air passenger out of 20,000 baht by charging tax on a Chanel bag.

The passenger had gone on Facebook to claim that they took the bag with them out of Thailand on a trip abroad and were merely returning with it.

But customs said yesterday that they were within their rights to charge tax and VAT totaling 20,000 baht on the item.

They said that the passenger had been to Hong Kong and returned on flight CX 615. They had not complained at the time and fully assented to being charged the tax.

They claimed that the passenger told them that the bag was a gift from a foreign friend so they did not have a receipt.

They didn’t know why they had changed their tune and posted on Facebook.

Customs said that a “hologram” sticker was examined within the bag indicating its provenance.

They said that tax was paid because the bag was new.

Thai Visa / Manager Online

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