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Avoiding stowaway complications


Under the U.K. Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, anyone responsible for transporting a clandestine entrant to the United Kingdom can be fined.

Shipping firms can avoid a fine if they can show that they were not aware that an entrant was concealed in their vehicle and that an effective system to prevent the carriage of clandestine entrants was in place, among other things. Among actions transporters can take to protect themselves, the U.K. Border Force advises that they watch their vehicle being loaded, padlock all doors and make certain there has been no tampering with security devices.