Changes to Customs civil penalties
A new Customs Information Paper (CIP) has been released to notify businesses that the liability to customs civil penalties will be changing to take account of recent changes in European legislation.
The Customs (Contravention of a Relevant Rule) Regulations 2003 which detail where there is a liability to customs civil penalties and the maximum penalties that can be applied will be updated in due course. Customs civil penalties are used in situations of non-compliance with the law which do not involve evasion of duty or taxes.
The changes relate to the following four areas:
- Authorised Economic Operator (AEO): Businesses that fail to notify changes which affect the ability to be an AEO may be subject to a penalty.
- Transit: the transit amendments reflect the recent changes that have been made to European Legislation.
- Banana weighing: Businesses which fail to fulfil the necessary conditions necessary to weigh bananas may be subject to a penalty.
- Preference: Any business that provides incorrect information for obtaining preferential treatment or proof of origin may be subject to a penalty.
These changes will become effective once the relevant regulations have been amended.