Penalties - customs offences
Smuggling and Duty Evasion
Any one found guilty of smuggling or evasion of duty will have the goods forfeited and a mandatory penalty imposed of a fine equal to three times the Duty on the goods involved.
In addition to the mandatory penalty and forfeiture of the goods, on a summary conviction in court, an additional fine and imprisonment of up to five years can be imposed.
In the case of prohibited goods the mandatory fine will be three times the current market value and seizure of the goods and additional fines and imprisonment on a conviction in court.
Who ever contravenes any procedural requirement by Customs can be fined up to $1,000
Firearms and Ammunition offences
The importation of illegal firearms and ammunition can result in fines of $100,000 and imprisonment for 20 years.
Prohibited Drug Offences
The importation of prohibited drugs and utensils can result in fines of up to $20,000 and imprisonment up to 15 years.
Last Updated: 2008-11-28