Customs Act 1901

PART III - CUSTOMS CONTROL EXAMINATION AND SECURITIES GENERALLY  

SECTION 35A   AMOUNT PAYABLE FOR FAILURE TO KEEP DUTIABLE GOODS SAFELY ETC.  

35A(1)  


Where a person who has, or has been entrusted with, the possession, custody or control of dutiable goods which are subject to customs control -


(a) fails to keep those goods safely; or


(b) when so requested by a Collector, does not account for those goods to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37 ;

that person shall, on demand in writing made by a Collector, pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of the duty of Customs which would have been payable on those goods if they had been entered for home consumption on the day on which the demand was made.

35A(1A)  
Where -


(a) dutiable goods subject to customs control are, in accordance with authority to deal or by authority of a permission given under section 71E, taken from a place for removal to another place;


(b) the goods are not or part of the goods is not delivered to that other place; and


(c) when so requested by a Collector, the person who made the entry or to whom the permission was given, as the case may be, does not account for the goods, or for that part of the goods, as the case may be, to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37 ;

the person shall, on demand in writing made by a Collector, pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of the duty of Customs which would have been payable on the goods, or on that part of the goods, as the case may be, if they had been entered for home consumption on the day on which the demand was made.

35A(1B)  
Where -


(a) dutiable goods subject to customs control are, by authority of a permission given under section 71E, removed to a place other than a warehouse; and


(b) the person to whom the permission was given fails to keep those goods safely or, when so requested by a Collector, does not account for the goods to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37 ;

the person shall, on demand in writing made by a Collector, pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of the duty of Customs which would have been payable on those goods if they had been entered for home consumption on the day on which the demand was made.

35A(2)  
An amount payable under subsection (1), (1A), or (1B) shall be a debt due to the Commonwealth and may be sued for and recovered in a court of competent jurisdiction by proceedings in the name of a Collector.

35A(3)  
In proceedings under the last preceding subsection, a statement or averment in the complaint, claim or declaration of the Collector is evidence of the matter or matters so stated or averred.

35A(4)  
This section does not affect the liability of a person arising under or by virtue of -


(a) any other provision of this Act; or


(b) a security given under this Act.




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