I live in Netherlands. Last summer I flew from outside of Europe to Hamburg, Germany. Upon my arrival I had two boxes of cigarettes in my suitcase. The custom officer confiscated one of the boxes and asked me to pay for custom duties. No payment option was possible for me at that time, therefore the officer gave me some documents and asked me to pay when I got to Netherlands.
I lost the piece of paper, although it was written in German I couldn’t understand all of it - I think something about if I do not pay, the amount will be withdrawn from my bank account through “Dutch Tax Authorities”. I think it also said something about being banned from flying or even entering Germany if I do not pay the duties, but I’m not sure.
I couldn’t pay the duties because the bank account information written in the documents were for local payment and I needed IBAN, Swift etc. information to be able to pay the duties. I called them, but they said that they cannot provide anything more than what was included in the initial documents and I should either have paid the amount back then or I should find a way to pay it now.
It has been almost a year and I have lost the documents. I tried to contact customs authorities at Hamburg Airport, but they say they need the reference number written in the document that I lost. And they claim that they can not tell me whether I am prohibited from flying or even entering Germany or not.
I did not know that you are only allowed to have one box in your suitcase. I asked the custom officer whether I could just throw the cigarettes in a trash can, but he said I wasn’t allowed to.
I did not get any letter/mail from Hamburg Customs after I lost the initial documents.
Dutch Tax Authorities have not asked me to do or pay anything.
I am not a permanent resident of EU, I study in EU.
I did not know that I could convert the bank account number into an IBAN etc., and now I do not have those informations anymore.
The amount that was due to pay I think was around 78 euro.
I don't know the right term, but what I mean is that I had two separate boxes that contained multiple packs of cigarette. I do not remember the exact amount.