Customs Act 1901

PART IV - THE IMPORTATION OF GOODS  

Division 1A - Preliminary  

SECTION 49A   SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT DEEMED TO BE IMPORTED  

49A(1)   [Notice]  

Where -


(a) a ship or an aircraft has entered Australia; and


(b) a Collector, after making such inquiries as he or she thinks appropriate, has reason to believe that the ship or aircraft might have been imported into Australia,

he or she may serve, in accordance with subsection (4), a notice in respect of the ship or aircraft stating that, if the ship or aircraft remains in Australia throughout the period of 30 days commencing on the day on which the notice was served, the ship or aircraft shall be deemed to have been imported into Australia and may be forfeited.

49A(2)   [Extension]  

Where a notice under subsection (1) has been served in respect of a ship or an aircraft, a Collector, if he or she considers that, having regard to weather conditions or any other relevant matter, it is reasonable to do so, may extend the period specified in the notice by serving, in accordance with subsection (4), a notice in respect of the ship or aircraft stating that that period has been extended and specifying the period by which it has been extended.

49A(3)   [Revocation of notice]  

Where a notice under subsection (1) has been served in respect of a ship or an aircraft, a Collector may, before the expiration of the period specified in the notice, or, if that period has been extended under subsection (2), that period as extended, revoke that notice by serving, in accordance with subsection (4), a notice in respect of the ship or aircraft stating that the first-mentioned notice is revoked.

49A(4)   [Service of notice]  

A Collector shall serve a notice under subsection (1), (2) or (3) in respect of a ship or an aircraft by causing the notice to be affixed to a prominent part of the ship or aircraft.

49A(5)   [Publication of notice]  

Where a Collector serves a notice under subsection (1), (2) or (3) in respect of a ship or an aircraft, he or she shall, as soon as practicable after serving the notice, publish a copy of the notice in -


(a) a newspaper circulating generally in the State or Territory in which the ship or aircraft is situated, or, in the case of a ship or seaplane that is not in a State or Territory, in the State or Territory that is adjacent to the place where the ship or seaplane is situated; and


(b) if that newspaper does not circulate in the locality in which the ship or aircraft is situated - a newspaper (if any) circulating in that locality.

49A(6)   [Translation of notice]  

Where a Collector who proposes to serve a notice under subsection (1), (2) or (3) in respect of a ship or aircraft considers that the person (if any) in charge of the ship or aircraft is unlikely to be able to read the English language but is likely to be able to read another language, the Collector shall, when causing the notice to be affixed to the ship or aircraft, cause a translation of the notice into a language that that person is likely to be able to read to be affixed to the ship or aircraft as near as practicable to the notice.

49A(7)   [Deemed imported]  

Where -


(a) a Collector has served a notice under subsection (1) in respect of a ship or aircraft;


(b) the Collector has complied with subsections (5) and (6) in relation to the notice;


(c) the notice has not been revoked under subsection (3);


(d) the ship or aircraft has remained in Australia throughout the period specified in the notice, or, if that period has been extended under subsection (2), that period as extended; and


(e) an entry has not been made in respect of the ship or aircraft during that period or that period as extended, as the case requires,

the ship or aircraft shall, for the purpose of this Act be deemed to have been imported into Australia on the expiration of that period or that period as extended, as the case requires.

49A(8)   [Reference to Australia includes waters]  

A reference in this section to Australia shall be read as including a reference to waters within the limits of any State or internal Territory.

49A(9)   [Reference to ship does not include certain installations]  

A reference in this section to a ship shall be read as not including a reference to an overseas resources installation or to an overseas sea installation.


 

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