Customs Act 1901

PART XIII - PENAL PROVISIONS  

Division 1 - Forfeitures  

SECTION 228   FORFEITED SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT  

228(1)  


The following ships, boats and aircraft shall be forfeited to the Crown:


(a) Any ship or aircraft used in smuggling, or knowingly used in the unlawful importation, exportation, or conveyance of any prohibited imports or prohibited exports.


(b) Any ship the master of which has failed to facilitate, by all reasonable means, the boarding of his or her ship, under the Maritime Powers Act 2013 , in circumstances set out in subsection (2) or (3).


(c) Any aircraft failing to land at an airport or landing field for boarding upon its pilot being required to land the aircraft, under the Maritime Powers Act 2013 , in circumstances set out in subsection (4), (5) or (6).


(d) Any ship or aircraft from which goods are thrown overboard staved or destroyed to prevent seizure by an officer of Customs.


(e) Any ship or aircraft found within any port or airport with cargo on board and afterwards found light or in ballast or with the cargo deficient and the master or pilot of which is unable to lawfully account for the difference.


(f) Any ship or aircraft which on being boarded is found to be constructed, adapted, altered or fitted in any manner for the purpose of concealing goods.

228(2)  


The circumstances are:


(a) the ship is a foreign ship; and


(b) the ship is on the landward side of the outer edge of Australia ' s territorial sea; and


(c) the boarding is for the purposes of this Act or an Act prescribed by the regulations, or for the purposes of determining whether a contravention, or an attempted contravention, in Australia of section 72.13 or Division 307 of the Criminal Code is occurring.

228(3)  


The circumstances are:


(a) the ship is an Australian ship; and


(b) the ship is outside the territorial sea of any foreign country; and


(c) the boarding is for the purposes of this Act or an Act prescribed by the regulations, or for the purposes of determining whether a contravention, or an attempted contravention, in Australia of section 72.13 or Division 307 of the Criminal Code is occurring.

228(4)  


The circumstances are:


(a) either:


(i) the aircraft is an Australian aircraft over anywhere except a foreign country; or

(ii) the aircraft is a foreign aircraft over Australia; and


(b) the requirement to land is made:


(i) in relation to the operation of this Act; and

(ii) because the pilot of the aircraft has failed to comply with a requirement made in the exercise of aircraft identification powers.

228(5)  


The circumstances are:


(a) either:


(i) the aircraft is an Australian aircraft over anywhere except a foreign country; or

(ii) the aircraft is a foreign aircraft over Australia; and


(b) an authorising officer reasonably suspects that the aircraft is or has been involved in a contravention, or attempted contravention, of this Act or section 72.13 or Division 307 of the Criminal Code .

228(6)  


The circumstances are:


(a) either:


(i) the aircraft is an Australian aircraft over anywhere except a foreign country; or

(ii) the aircraft is a foreign aircraft over Australia; and


(b) an authorising officer reasonably suspects that the aircraft is carrying goods satisfying either or both of the following subparagraphs:


(ii) the goods are connected, whether directly or indirectly, with the carrying out of a terrorist act, whether a terrorist act has occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur;

(ii) the existence or the shipment of the goods prejudices, or is likely to prejudice, Australia ' s defence or security or international peace and security.

228(7)  


In this section:

terrorist act
has the meaning given by section 100.1 of the Criminal Code .


 

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