Customs and Excise Duties Act

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CAP. 48 CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DUTIES ACT BELIZE

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DUTIES ACT

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SHOWING THE LAW AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 2000.

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CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DUTIES ACT 6 Amendments in force as at 31st December, 2000.

BELIZE

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DUTIES ACT

CHAPTER 48

REVISED EDITION 2000

SHOWING THE LAW AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 2000.

This is a revised edition of the law, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner

under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Laws of Belize,

Revised Edition 1980 - 1990.

This edition contains a consolidation of the following laws - Page

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CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DUTIES ACT 6 Amendments in force as at 31st December, 2000.

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1. Short title.

PART I

Preliminary

2. Interpretation.

PART II

Customs and Excise Duties

3. Customs duties to be levied.

4. Regulations.

5. Mode of ascertaining ad valorem duties.

6. Determination of value of goods imported duty free or liable to duty

which is not ad valorem.

7. Money, weights and measures.

8. Mode of ascertaining specific duty.

9. Articles imported in bags, boxes, etc.

10. Duty on goods of which part is dutiable.

11. Definition of “proof spirit”.

12. What liquors may be classed as wine or malt.

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13. Drawback on goods shipped in error and on damaged goods.

14. Repayment of duties.

15. Goods imported for temporary use.

16. Temporary visitors’ typewriters, etc., exempt from duty.

17. Refund or the remission of the duty on certain goods.

18. Refunds of duty on provisions as supplied to Naval, Military or

Air Force Authorities.

19. Drawback on spirits supplied to Officers of H.M. Navy.

20. Power to alter tariff.

21 Excise duty.

22. Obligation to pay all duties leviable.

23. Power of Comptroller to enter premises, etc.

24. Grant of refund or drawback on excise duties in certain circum-

stances.

PART III

Revenue Replacement Duty

25. Revenue Replacement Duty.

26. Collection and enforcement of revenue replacement duty.

27. No discrimination between imported and locally manufactured

goods.

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28. Interim order to be confirmed, amended or revoked by National

Assembly.

29. Regulations.

30. Removal of export duties.

PART IV

Customs Tariff (Caricom)

31. Exemptions.

32. Goods applicable to tariff.

33. Goods which may be excluded from exemptions by Comptroller.

34. Imported goods temporarily under the suspended operation of the

Caribbean Community Free Trade Area Preference liable to import

duty and entry tax.

PART V

Regulations for inwards duty free shops

35. Regulations for inwards duty free shops.

PART VI

Importation of goods during disaster emergency

36. Goods imported free of duty during disaster emergency, etc.

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FIRST SCHEDULE

SECOND SCHEDULE

THIRD SCHEDULE FOURTH SCHEDULE

FIFTH SCHEDULE

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CHAPTER 48

CUSTOMS AND EXCISE

[27th April, 1949-Parts I-II 10th February, 1973-Part III

18th September, 1971-Parts IV-V]

Ch. 43,

R.L., 1958.

CAP. 38,

R.E. 1980-1990.

40 of 1963.

26 of 1966.

18 of 1970.

12 of 1971.

13 of 1971.

18 of 1972.

8 of 1973.

2 of 1975.

7 of 1976.

10 of 1976.

5 of 1978.

15 of 1980.

9 of 1981.

11 of 1982.

4 of 1983.

9 of 1984.

13 of 1984.

3 of 1986.

9 of 1986.

18 of 1986.

2 of 1989.

27 of 1991.

14 of 1992.

21 of 1992.

4 and 5 of 1994.

17 of 1994.

17 and 18 of 1995.

9 of 1996.

15 of 1996.

2 of 1997.

13 of 1997.

1 of 1998.

10 of 2000.

S.I. No. 19 of 1960.

G 649 of 1972.

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1. This Act may be cited as the Customs and Excise Duties Act.

PART I

Preliminary

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

“agriculture” includes horticulture and silviculture;

“entered” in relation to goods imported or exported, means the registration (acceptance and official numbering) by the Comptroller or other proper officer of Customs of a declaration signed by or on behalf of the importer or exporter in the manner prescribed by the Customs Regulation Act, together with the payment to the proper officer by the importer or the exporter of all rents and charges due to the Government in respect of the goods, and, in the case of dutiable goods (except on the entry for warehousing of goods), the payment by the importer or exporter to the proper officer of full duties due thereon, or else, where permitted, the deposit of a sum of money or giving of security for the duties, as provided by law;

“First Schedule” means the First Schedule to this Act;

“goods” means all kinds of goods, wares, merchandise and other articles to which the provisions of any customs law may be applicable;

“n.e.i.” means “not elsewhere included”;

“p.c.” means per centum;

“reputed pint” means any volume not less than 8 2/3 fluid ounces and not more than 13 1/2 fluid ounces;

“reputed quart” means any volume not less than 20 fluid ounces and not more than 26 2/3 fluid ounces;

“reputed split” means any volume not less than 5 fluid ounces and not more than 6 2/3 fluid ounces.

Short title.

Interpretation.

17 of 1994.

CAP. 49.

First Schedule.

27 of 1991.

26 of 1966.

18 of 1970.

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3.-(1) Subject to any exemption or rebates provided by or under the author- ity of this Act, there shall be raised, levied, collected and paid for the use of the Government, the customs duties, in respect of goods imported into Belize, or taken out of bond for consumption in Belize, at the rates set out in the First Schedule.

(2) The Minister may from time to time by Order published in the Ga- zette vary the tariff headings appearing in the First Schedule (by fragmentation or otherwise), to give effect to any scheme for the rationalisation of the tariff structure.

4.-(1) The Minister may make regulations generally for the carrying out of the provisions of this Act.

(2)Such regulations may provide that any breach thereof shall be punish- able on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars and the goods, if any, forming the subject matter of the breach may be ordered to be forfeited.

5.-(1) Where any duty is chargeable on goods by reference to their value, that value shall in the case of imported goods be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Third Schedule.

(2) Without prejudice to any other power enabling the Minister to do so, he may make regulations for the purpose of giving effect to subsection (1), and in particular, for requiring any person concerned in any way with the importa- tion of goods into the country, to furnish to the Comptroller or other officer of Customs delegated by him in such form as he may require, such information as is, in his opinion, necessary for a proper valuation of the goods, and to pro- duce any books of account or other documents of whatever nature relating to the purchase, importation or sale of the goods by that person.

(3) When it is necessary, in determining the value referred to in sub- section (1), to establish the equivalent amount in Belize currency, the rate of exchange to be used shall be that provided by the Comptroller and published in the Gazette before the time the goods are entered.

Mode of ascer-

taining duty.

27 of 1991.

17 of 1994.

Third Schedule.

Customs duties to

be levied.

7 of 1976.

First Schedule.

17 of 1994.

Regulations.

40 of 1963.

7 of 1976.

First Schedule.

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(4) The importer or his agent shall at the request of the Comptroller or other proper officer of Customs produce the original invoice, and duplicate thereof if such duplicate is available, in respect of any goods imported into the country, and the Comptroller may retain such duplicate invoice, or such original invoice if the duplicate is not available.

6. In determining the value for any purposes of any goods imported free of duty or not liable to an ad valorem duty under the provisions of this Act the Comptroller shall have regard to section 5.

7. All sums of money payable under this Act shall be deemed and are hereby declared to be legal tender within the meaning of section 22 of the Central Bank of Belize Act, and all duties under this Act shall be paid and received according to the imperial weights and measures by law established, and in all cases where such duties are imposed according to any specific quan- tity or value the same shall be deemed to apply except where otherwise pro- vided in the same proportion to any greater or lesser quantity or value.

8.-(1) For the purpose of ascertaining the amount of specific duty payable on spirits and wine, six reputed quarts or twelve reputed pints or twenty-four re- puted splits shall be deemed equivalent to one imperial gallon. Where the vol- ume of spirits and wine in any container is other than a reputed quart, reputed pint or reputed split, the duty shall be paid on the actual volume as ascertained by measurement. The duty on malt liquor shall in all cases be ascertained by the actual volume as shown by measurement and not by the reputed quart, pint or split method.

(2) The provisions of subsection (1) shall not apply to cordials and liqueurs.

9.-(1) If any goods subject to the payment of specific duty is imported in any bag, box, tin, jar, bottle or any other package intended for retail sale and marked or labelled or commonly sold as containing or commonly reputed to contain a specific quantity of such goods, such bag, box, tin, jar, bottle or any other package as aforesaid, shall be deemed, as against the importer, to contain such specific quantity.

17 of 1994.

Determination of

value of goods

imported duty

free or liable to

duty which is

not ad valorem.

18 of 1972.

Money, weights

and measures.

CAP. 262.

Mode of

ascertaining

specific duty.

14 of 1992.

Articles im-

ported in bags,

boxes, etc.

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(2) In all cases where such package is not so marked or labelled or com- monly sold as containing or reputed to contain a specific quantity, the duty, if payable on weight, shall be calculated on the gross weight of such package and its contents.

(3) All packages or coverings of goods subject to the payment of any specific duty shall, except where otherwise provided for, be free of duty when they are in the opinion of the Comptroller the usual or proper packages or coverings for such goods.

10. The application of the Tariff shall be determined in accordance with the rules and section and chapter notes set out in the First Schedule.

11. In this Act, the term “proof spirit” means such spirit as at a tempera- ture of fifty-one degrees Fahrenheit, weighs twelve-thirteenths of the weight of an equal bulk of distilled water at the same temperature, and the proof of strength shall be indicated by Sykes’ hydrometer.

12.-(1) No liquor containing more than forty-two per centum of proof spirit as verified by Sykes’ hydrometer, or as certified by the Government Analyst, shall be deemed wine, and no liquor containing more than twenty per centum of proof spirit as verified by Sykes’ hydrometer, or as certified by the Govern- ment Analyst, shall be deemed malt liquor.

(2) All liquor with the exception of medicinal spirits admitted as such by the Comptroller, containing more than forty-two per centum of proof spirit verified or certified as aforesaid and all liquor other than wine containing more than twenty per centum of proof spirit verified shall be deemed spirits.

(3) In any case where, by reason of the presence of colouring, sweeten- ing, or other matter, the true strength of any liquor cannot be immediately ascertained by Syke’s hydrometer, a sample of such liquor may be distilled or treated by such other process as the Comptroller may direct, so that the true strength of the liquor may be ascertained by Sykes’ hydrometer.

Duty on goods of

which part is

dutiable.

First Schedule.

Definition of

“proof spirit”.

What liquors may

be classed as

wine or malt.

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13. The Comptroller may grant a drawback of the whole or any part of the duties paid on the importation of any goods on his being satisfied that such goods-

(a) were genuinely shipped in error and that the consignee thereof has re-shipped the same goods to the seller or consignor to the place from whence they originally came:

Provided that-

(i) such goods have been re-shipped within three months of the date of their importation; and

(ii) no drawbacks shall be allowed on any goods where the amount of such drawback is less than the sum of fifty cents;

(b) if consisting of foodstuffs,were in such a state when shipped as to be unfit for human consumption if the consignee thereof elects to have such goods destroyed under Customs supervi- sion or has re-shipped the same goods to the seller or con- signor to the place from whence they originally came:

Provided that such goods have been destroyed or re-shipped within four- teen days of their importation;

(c) have depreciated in value or decreased in quantity on ac- count of damage through breakage or other cause in transit, in ship or on shore before delivery:

Provided that-

(i) such damage is brought to notice and assessed be- fore the goods have finally passed the Customs;

(ii) no drawback shall be allowed on any goods where the amount of such drawback is less than twenty- five cents;

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Drawback on

goods shipped

in error and on

damaged goods.

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(d) are re-exported:

Provided that-

(i) the goods have not been sold or used in any way;

(ii) the amount of import duty involved is not less than fifty dollars;

(iii) the goods are re-exported within one year of being first taken out of bond; and

(iv) the goods are bonded and shipped under the supervi- sion of the Comptroller.

14. Every sum of money which is due for drawback as provided by sec- tion 13 shall be paid by the Financial Secretary on the proper debenture cer- tified by the Comptroller or by the Postmaster General where the duty has been collected by the Post Office, and the Treasury is hereby authorised to return any money which has been overpaid as duties of customs or has been allowed as abatement of duty on account of damage on goods imported, on the proper document for such overpayment or abatement being certified by the Comptroller.

15.-(1) The Comptroller may give permission to any person to bring into Belize any goods, other than cinematograph film for exhibition, without payment of duty thereon upon being satisfied that such goods are so brought in for tempo- rary use only. Such permission shall be subject to the following conditions-

(a) that such goods shall be taken out of Belize within six months of the date of such permission or within such other period not exceeding one year as the Comptroller may allow;

(b) that the person to whom such permission is given shall at the election of the Comptroller either deposit with the Comp- troller the amount of duty on such goods, or give security for the same to the satisfaction of the Comptroller.

Repayment of

duties.

Goods imported

for temporary use.

19 of 1960.

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(2) If such goods are not taken out of Belize within the period allowed in such permission the deposit in the hands of the Comptroller shall be forfeited, or the security in lieu of deposit shall become immediately enforceable. If such goods are taken out of Belize as aforesaid, the deposit shall be refunded, or the security in lieu of deposit shall become void and of no effect:

Provided that the Comptroller may in his discretion allow any additional period in the case of paraphernalia imported by scientific expeditions; and pro- vided that typewriters, cameras, telescopes and binoculars which the Comp- troller is satisfied are the bona fide property of any person on a temporary visit to Belize shall be admitted free of duty.

(3) No entry shall be required for the temporary importation of any motor vehicle, aircraft or pleasure boat under authority of a form of triptych or similar document issued by the appropriate authority in accordance with the Interna- tional Convention relative to motor traffic signed at New York on the 4th June, 1954, the Customs Convention on the temporary importation for private use of aircraft and pleasure boats signed at Geneva on the 18th May, 1956, or any Convention made in substitution thereof, or in amendment thereof. It shall be a condition of the delivery of any such motor vehicle, aircraft or pleasure boat that the original copy of the triptych or document as aforesaid shall be delivered to the proper officer on importation and the duplicate thereof to the proper officer who examines the motor vehicle, aircraft or pleasure boat prior to ship- ment for exportation and that proof of shipment and exportation shall be fur- nished upon such duplicates as if such duplicate were a shipping bill.

16. All typewriters, cameras, telescopes and binoculars which the Comp- troller is satisfied are the bona fide property of any person on a temporary visit to Belize shall be admitted free of duty.

17. The Minister upon the report of the Comptroller may exempt any per- son from the payment of, or refund to any person, the whole or any portion of the duties set forth in the First Schedule in the case of any goods imported under special circumstances or for an object or an enterprise beneficial to Belize.

Temporary

visitors’

typewriters, etc.,

exempt from

duty.

Refund or the

remission of the

duty on certain

goods.

40 of 1963.

First Schedule.

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18. All duties of Customs or Excise paid on provisions and stores sup- plied by local merchants or contractors to Her Majesty’s Naval, Military or Air Force authorities in Belize for the use of Her Majesty’s Navy, Army or Air Force shall be refunded on the production of a certificate from the Officer Commanding Her Majesty’s Land Forces in Belize or from the Naval Officer Commanding on this Station or from the Officer in charge of any Royal Air Force unit stationed in Belize that the articles have been supplied for such public purposes as aforesaid.

19. Officers of Her Majesty’s Navy serving on this station shall be entitled to a drawback equal to the duties paid upon any spirits, wines, cordials, li- queurs or malt liquors purchased by them from any importer or trader in Belize upon the production of a certificate, signed by the Officer making the pur- chase and countersigned by the Officer in Command, that such spirits, wines, cordials, liqueurs or malt liquors were truly and solely for the consumption of such officer or any mess of officers.

20.-(1) The National Assembly may, by resolution, increase, reduce, abolish or otherwise alter any Customs or Excise duty leviable in Belize or may im- pose a Customs or an Excise duty upon any goods whereon a Customs or an Excise duty at the time when such resolution is passed, is not leviable.

(2) Whenever any resolution imposing any new, or increasing or reducing any existing Customs or Excise duty has been passed by the National Assem- bly such duty shall, unless it be otherwise expressed in the resolution and subject to subsection (4), from and after the passing thereof, be leviable and recoverable in accordance with the provisions of any existing Act relating to the demand and recovery of duties of the like nature.

(3) A Bill to validate any such resolution shall be introduced into the Na- tional Assembly as soon as possible after the passing of such resolution and not later than at the meeting of the National Assembly which takes place next after the passing of such resolution.

(4) In case no Bill is introduced into the National Assembly as provided by subsection (3) or on the withdrawal or rejection by the National Assembly of such Bill, or in case such Bill otherwise fails to become law, every such resolution shall cease to have effect.

Refunds of duty

on provisions as

supplied to Naval,

Military or Air

Force Authorities.

Drawback on

spirits supplied to

Officers of H.M.

Navy.

Power to alter

tariff.

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(5) In the event of such resolution ceasing to have effect-

(a) a refund of any new duties or any increasing of existing duties collected under the resolution shall be made to the person who shall have paid the same; and

(b) when the resolution shall have effected a reduction of the duty, the Comptroller is hereby authorised to collect the difference between the duty payable at the time of reduction and that fixed by the resolution.

(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section the Minister may, when he deems it necessary or expedient to do so, by Order which shall take effect from the date of its publication in the Gazette, reduce or abolish any customs duty set out in the First Schedule, or restore any such duty to its original level as it was before such reduction or abolition.

(7) Every Order made by the Minister under subsection (6) above shall be laid before the National Assembly as soon as possible after the making thereof (but no later than at the meeting of the National Assembly which takes place next after the publication of the Order in the Gazette, or within 40 days of such publication, whichever occurs first) and shall be subject to negative resolution.

(8) In case the Order as aforesaid is not laid before the National Assembly as provided in subsection (7), or on the withdrawal or rejection by the National Assembly of such Order every such Order shall cease to have effect.

(9) In the event of any such Order as is referred in subsection (8) above ceasing to have effect, the provisions of subsection (5) above shall mutatis mutandis apply to any such Order.

21. There shall be raised, levied, collected and paid for the public use of Belize, the excise duties enumerated in the Second Schedule.

22. Where any obligation has been entered into for the payment of duties of Customs or Excise, such obligation shall be deemed to be an obligation to pay all duties of Customs or Excise which may become legally payable or which are made payable or recoverable under any Act or law relating to duties of Customs or Excise for the time being in force and to pay the same as the same become payable.

27 of 1991.

First Schedule.

27 of 1991.

27 of 1991.

27 of 1991.

Excise duty.

Second Schedule.

Obligation to pay

all duties leviable.

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23.-(1) The Comptroller or any authorised officer of Customs may for any purpose related to the administration or enforcement of this Act and at any reasonable time having regard to the regular working hours and the related circumstances of the particular business, and on production of his letter of authorisation, enter into any premises or place where a business is carried on or any property is kept or anything is done in connection with the business or any books or records are or should be kept pursuant to this Act and may:-

(a) audit or examine the books and records and any account, voucher, letters, invoices, telegrams or other document which relates or may relate to the information that is or should be in the books or records to the value of imported goods under this Act;

(b) examine property described by an inventory or any prop- erty, process or matter, an examination of which may, in his opinion, assist in determining the accuracy of an inventory or in ascertaining the information that is or should be in the books or records or in determining the value of imported goods under this Act;

(c) require the owner or manager of the property or business and any other person on the premises or place to give him all reasonable assistance with his audit or examination either orally or, if he so requires, in writing, on oath or otherwise and, for that purpose, require the owner or manager to attend at the premises or place with him; and

(d) where during the course of such an audit or examination it appears to him that there has been a violation of this Act, seize, take away and retain any of the records, books, ac- counts, vouchers, letters, invoices, telegrams and other docu- ments that appear to be relevant.

(2) Where any book, record or other document has been seized, exam- ined or produced under this section, the person by whom it was seized or examined or to whom it was produced may make, or cause to be made, one or more copies thereof and in any case in which the person to whom the original document was returned refuses or neglects to produce the original document in court, after having been required to do so by the Comptroller, a

Power of Comp-

troller to enter

premises, etc.

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document purporting to be certified by the Comptroller to be a copy made pursuant to this subsection shall be admissable in evidence and shall be conclu- sive evidence of the contents of the original document.

24.(1) As from 1st February, 1997, the Comptroller may grant a refund or drawback of the whole or a part of the duties set out in the Second Schedule if he is satisfied that the goods relating to such duty or drawback-

(a) were spirits or cigarettes sold to an approved duty free shop; or

(b) were spirits exported for consumption outside Belize whether or not such spirits have been processed:

Provided that where such spirits have been processed, the amount of such refund or drawback shall be determined by using the strength of such spirit at proof.

(2) For the purpose of claiming a refund or drawback under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) above, the claimant shall be required to furnish proof to the satisfaction of the Comptroller that the goods in respect of which such refund or drawback is being claimed were sold to an approved duty free shop free of excise duty.

PART III

Revenue Replacement Duty

25.-(1) Where any customs duty or entry tax chargeable in respect of goods of a class or description imported into the country has been removed, altered, reduced or progressively phased down with a view to implementing the treaty establishing the Caribbean Community and the Caribbean Single Market and Economy1, the Minister may by Order impose a revenue replacement duty on goods of such class or description or on goods of any other class or description manufactured in the country or imported from a country inside or outside the

1See Caribbean Community Act, CAP. 17.

Grant of refund

or drawback on

excise duties in

certain circum-

stances.

Second

Schedule.

Revenue

replacement

duty.

13 of 1971.

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Caricom area which shall become payable from the date of publication of the Order in the Gazette:

Provided that the duty under this section shall be imposed on goods which are for consumption or use within the country.

(2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other enactment, the duty under this section shall be imposed without discrimination on all goods of the same type, class or description whether such goods are imported into or manufactured in the country.

(3) The Minister may by Order which shall take effect from the date of its publication in the Gazette increase, reduce or revoke the duty imposed under this section:

Provided that pending confirmation, amendment or revocation of an Order reducing or revoking the duty by a resolution under section 28, the duty pay- able immediately prior to reduction or revocation shall continue to be payable until such resolution upon its publication in the Gazette takes effect in place of the Order. A refund, if any, of duty paid during the intervening period shall be made in accordance with the rules made under this Part.

26. Any revenue replacement duty imposed by this Part shall be collected and enforced as if-

(a) where the goods are imported into the country, the duty was customs duty imposed upon such goods under Parts I and II; or

(b) where the goods are manufactured in the country, the duty was excise duty imposed upon such goods under Parts I and II or any other Act,

and for this purpose the provisions of Parts I and II and any regulations made thereunder shall, with such exceptions, adaptations and modifications as may be prescribed by or under this Part, have effect mutatis mutandis in relation to such goods whether such goods are liable to customs duty or excise duty or not.

Collection and

enforcement of

revenue replace-

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27.-(1) No Order made pursuant to section 25 shall make any provision which is discriminatory.

(2) In this section “discriminatory” means affording different treatment to goods of the same description and class by way of imposing different rates of duty attributable wholly or mainly to the country in which the goods are pro- duced, whether Belize or any other country.

28. Every Order made under section 25 shall be submitted to the National Assembly at its next sitting or as soon thereafter as possible; and the National Assembly may by resolution confirm, amend or revoke such Order and, upon publication of the resolution of the National Assembly in the Gazette, the reso- lution shall take effect in place of the Order.

29.-(1) The Minister may make regulations for the better carrying out of the provisions of section 25 and for preventing frauds on the revenue or evasion of payment of duty by the concealment or removal or otherwise unlawful disposal of goods liable to revenue replacement duty and may in particular by those regulations provide for-

(a) the determination of value of goods on which revenue replacement duty is payable;

(b) the waiver, remission or refund of revenue replacement duty;

(c) allowances for drawback;

(d) the registration of manufacturers of goods;

(e) the payment of fees, rents and charges to be paid in respect of matters referred to in this Part.

(2) Regulations made under this section may provide that a person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the requirements of such regu- lations shall be guilty of an offence and upon conviction for such offence by a

No discrimina-

tion between

imported and

locally manufac-

tured goods.

Interim order to

be confirmed,

amended or

revoked by

National Assem-

bly.

14 of 1992.

Regulations.

21 of 1992.

16 of 1995.

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court of summary jurisdiction shall be liable to-

(a) a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars; and

(b) a further fine not exceeding fifty dollars for each day during which the contravention or failure continues; or

(c) a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both such fine and term of imprisonment.

(3) All such regulations shall be published in the Gazette.

30. The export duty on goods exported from Belize before the repeal of sections 23, 24 and 30 of the Customs and Excise Duties Act, Chapter 38 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 1980-1990, shall, notwithstanding the said repeal, remain payable and may be levied and collected as if the said repeal did not have effect from 1st April, 1996.

PART IV

Customs Tariff (Caricom)

31. Except as otherwise provided in this Part goods which are shown to the satisfaction of the Comptroller of Customs, in accordance with the Cus- toms Regulation Act and others Parts of this Act, to have been-

(a) consigned from a part of the Caricom area; and

(b) either-

(i) to be the produce of the Caricom area; or

(ii) to have been manufactured in the Caricom area; shall be free of import duty and entry tax.

Saving.

9 of 1996.

12 of 1978.

Exemptions.

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32. Section 31 shall not apply to-

(a) goods specified in the Fifth Schedule;

(b) goods excluded from section 31 by virtue of section 33;

(c) goods consisting of, or manufactured from, oils or fats within the meaning of clause 2 of the Oils and Fats Agree- ment made on the 26th January, 1967, between the Governments of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago or any agree- ment amending or replacing the same.

33.-(1) Any goods may be excluded by the Comptroller of Customs from the provisions of section 31 if-

(a) export drawback was allowable in connection with any exportation from any part of the Caricom area of those goods or of articles used in the production or manufacture of those goods; or

(b) the Comptroller of Customs is not satisfied that export drawback has not been or will not be allowed in respect of those goods; or

(c) goods are in the opinion of the Comptroller of Customs of a class which, having regard to any notification issued by the Minister in accordance with section 34, are liable to customs duty as if sections 31 and 32 did not apply as respects those goods.

(2) Where on importation into the country goods have been treated as coming within the scope of section 31 and after their importation export draw- back is allowed, the Comptroller of Customs may, if he thinks fit, recover from the importer the amount of import duty which would have been chargeable on the importation of the goods into the country if the goods had not been treated as coming within the scope of section 31.

Goods appli-

cable to tariff.

Fifth Schedule.

Goods which

may be executed

from exemptions

by Comptroller.

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(3) In this section:-

(a) “export drawback” means any arrangement for the refund or remission, wholly or in part, of import duties applicable to imported goods whereby the arrangement, expressly or in ef- fect, allows the refund or remission if the goods are exported, but not if they are retained for home use:

Provided that, in relation to any transaction, where the Comptroller of Cus- toms is satisfied that the arrangement aforesaid permits only refund or remis- sion of the revenue element of any import duties and does not permit refund or remission of the protective element of any import duties he may, in his discre- tion, determine that such refund or remission shall not be regarded as export drawback for the purposes of this section;

(b) “remission” includes exemptions for goods brought into free ports and other places which have similar customs privileges.

34. Where the Minister is satisfied that pursuant to the provisions of the Caricom Treaty a country has temporarily suspended the operation of the Customs (Caricom Preference) Regulations in force in respect of any class of goods exported to that country from Belize, the Minister may issue a notifica- tion in the Gazette to that effect and thereafter any goods of the like class exported from that country, if entered for use in Belize during the continuance in force of the notification, shall be liable to import duty and entry tax.

PART V

Regulations for inwards duty free shops

35.-(1) The Minister may make regulations for the licensing and establish- ment of inwards duty free shops and for all matters connected therewith.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the Minister may make regulations for any or all of the following matters:

Imported goods

temporarily under

the suspended

operation of the

Caribbean

Community.

Preference liable

to import duty and

entry tax.

17 of 1994.

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inwards duty free

shops.

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(a) the fees and other charges that may be payable by the operators of such shops;

(b) the type of goods to be sold in such shops;

(c) the category of persons who may purchase goods from such shops;

(d) the maximum value of purchases which may be made by persons from such shops;

(e) the currency to be used in purchasing such goods;

(f) the areas where such shops may be established;

(g) the maintenance and inspection of records relevant to the storage, sales and receipts of goods;

(h) any other matters for which it may be deemed expedient to make regulations.

(3) All regulations made by the Minister under this section shall be laid before the National Assembly as soon as may be after the making thereof and shall be subject to negative resolution.

PART VI

Importation of goods during disaster emergency

36. The Comptroller may during a threatened disaster alert or a disaster emergency under the Disaster Preparedness and Response Act permit goods to be imported free of duty where the National Coordinator certifies that the goods are urgently required for dealing with the threat or emergency.

Goods imported

free of duty

during disaster

emergency, etc.

10 of 2000.

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FIRST SCHEDULE1

1This Schedule originally contained in Ch. 43, R.L., 1958 was repealed and replaced by

the Customs Tariff and Trade Classification. Because of its voluminous size, it is

printed as a seperate booklet by means of a statutory instrument pursuant to sections

3(2) and 20(6) of this Act. It is captioned “Customs Tariff and Trade Classification”.

SECOND SCHEDULE

[Sections 21 and 24]

Excise Duties

Unit

Item

No. Class or Description For Rate of

Classifi- For Excise

cation Duty Duty

1. Rum:

(a) Not exceeding the

strength of proof ...... Gals............. per gal............................... $33.50

9/86

(b) Exceeding the

strength of proof....... Gals............. per proof.......................... $33.50

9/86

2. Tobacco:

(a) Cigars:

(1)Weighing not

more than 5lb.

per 1,000 cigars..... lb................. per 100.............................. 0.30

(2)Weighing more

than 5 lb. per

1,000 cigars............ lb................. per 100.............................. 0.75

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15 of 1996.

18 of 1995.

15 of 1996.

18 of 1995.

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Excise Duties

Unit

Item

No. Class or Description For Rate of

Classifi- For Excise

cation Duty Duty

(b) Cigarettes:

(1)Weighing not

more than 3 lbs.

per 1,000

cigarettes............... lb................. per 100.............................. $2.50-9/86

(2)Weighing more

than 3 lbs. per

1,000 cigarettes..... lb................. per 100.............................. $2.80-9/86

(c) Manufactured,

other kinds.................. lb................. per lb................................. $1.00

3. Methylated spirits

and methylated or

denatured

alcohol made in

Belize from rum

distilled in Belize.................Gals............ per gal................................ 0.15

4. Aerated waters:

(a) Not exceed-

ing 12 fluid oz..............Pint Pint not exceeding...........$0.07

12 fluid oz. -3/86

(b) Not exceed- ................ Pint............. Pint not exceeding ......... $ .11

ing 17 fluid oz. 17 fluid oz.

15 of 1996.

18 of 1995.

15 of 1996.

15 of 1996.

15 of 1996.

18 of 1995.

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THIRD SCHEDULE

[Section 5]

VALUE OF IMPORTED GOODS

1.-(1) In this Schedule:

(a) “Customs value of imported goods” means the value of goods for the purposes of levying ad valorem duties of customs on imported goods;

(b) “produced” includes grown, manufactured and mixed;

(c) “identical goods” means goods produced in the same country which are the same in all respects, including physical charac- teristics, quality and reputation. Minor differences in appear- ance shall not preclude goods otherwise conforming to the definition from being regarded as identical;

(d) “similar goods” means goods produced in the same country which, although not alike in all respects, have like characte- ristics and like component materials which enable them to per- form the same functions and to be commercially interchange- able. The quality of the goods, their reputation and the exist- ence of a trademark are among the factors to be considered in determining whether goods are similar;

(e) “identical goods” and “similar goods”, as the case may be, do not include goods which incorporate or reflect engineering,

development, artwork, design work, and plans and sketches for which no adjustment has been made under paragraph 8(1)(b)(iv) because such elements were undertaken in Belize;

(f) “goods of the same class or kind” means goods which fall within a group or range of goods produced by a particular

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industry or industry sector, and includes identical or simi- lar goods.

(2) For the purposes of this Schedule:

(a) persons shall be deemed to be related only if:

(i) they are officers or directors of one another’s busi- ness;

(ii) they are legally recognised partners in business;

(iii) they are employer and employee;

(iv) any person directly or indirectly owns, controls or holds 5% or more of the outstanding voting stock or shares or both of them;

(v) one of them directly or indirectly controls the other;

(vi) both of them are directly or indirectly controlled by a third person;

(vii) together they directly or indirectly control a third per- son; or

(viii) they are members of the same family;

(b) one person shall be deemed to control another when the former is legally or operationally in a position to exercise restraint or direction over the latter;

(c) persons who are associated in business with one another in that one is the sole agent, sole distributor or sole concession- aire, however described, of the other shall be deemed to be related only if they fall within the criteria of sub-paragraph 2(a);

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(d) */the term “person” means natural or legal person;

(e) an event shall be deemed to occur about the same time as another event if the first event occurs on the same day as the other event, or within the 45 days immediately before, or the 45 days immediately after, the day on which the other event occurs.

2.-(1) The customs value of imported goods shall be determined under para- graph 3 whenever the conditions prescribed therein are fulfilled.

(2) Where such value cannot be determined under paragraph 3, it shall be determined by proceeding sequentially through paragraphs 4 to 7, inclusive, to the first such paragraph under which it can be determined subject to the proviso that, where the importer requests it and the Comptroller of Customs agrees, the order of application of paragraphs 6 and 7 shall be reversed.

(3) Except as provided for in sub-paragraph (2), it is only when the cus- toms value of imported goods cannot be determined under a particular para- graph that the provisions of the next paragraph in the sequence established by sub-paragraph (2) can be applied.

(4) Where the Customs value of imported goods cannot be determined under paragraph 3 to 7, inclusive, it shall-

(a) be determined using reasonable means consistent with the prin- ciples and general provisions of this Schedule;

(b) to the greatest extent possible, be based on previously deter- mined customs values; and

(c) make use of the methods of valuation laid down in paragraphs 3 to 7, inclusive, using where necessary, reasonable flexibility in their application.

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(5) No customs value shall be determined under sub-paragraph (4) on the basis of:

(a) the selling price in Belize of goods produced in Belize;

(b) a system which provides for the acceptance for customs pur- poses of the higher of two alternative values;

(c) the price of goods on the domestic market of the country of exportation;

(d) the cost of production, other than computed values which have been determined for identical or similar goods in accordance with paragraph 7;

(e) the price of the goods for export to a country other than Belize;

(f) minimum customs values; or

(g) arbitrary or fictitious values.

3.-(1) The customs value of imported goods determined under this paragraph shall be the transaction value, that is, the price actually paid or payable for the goods when sold for export to Belize, adjusted in accordance with paragraph 8, and in appropriate cases paragraph 9, provided:-

(a) that there are no restrictions as to the disposition or use of the goods by the buyer, other than restrictions which:

(i) are imposed or required by law or by the public au- thorities in Belize;

(ii) limit the geographical area in which the goods may be resold; or

(iii) do not substantially affect the value of the goods;

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(b) that the sale or price is not subject to some condition or con- sideration for which a value cannot be determined with res- pect to the goods being valued;

(c) that no part of the proceeds of any subsequent resale, dis- posal or use of the goods by the buyer will accrue directly or indirectly to the seller, unless an appropriate adjustment can be made in accordance with paragraph 8; and

(d) that the buyer and seller are not related, or, where the buyer and seller are related, that the transaction value is acceptable for customs purposes under sub-paragraph (2).

(2) (a) In determining whether the transaction value is acceptable for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1), the fact that the buyer and the seller are related within the meaning of paragraph 1 shall not in itself be a ground for regarding the transaction value as unacceptable. Where necessary, the circumstances surround- ing the sale shall be examined and the transaction value shall be accepted provided that the relationship did not influence the price. If, in the light of information provided by the im- porter or otherwise, the Comptroller of Customs has grounds for considering that the relationship influenced the price, he shall communicate the grounds to the importer who shall be given a reasonable opportunity to respond.

(b) In a sale between related persons, the transaction value shall be accepted and the goods valued in accordance with sub- paragraph (1) whenever the importer demonstrates that such value closely approximates to one of the following occurring at or about the same time:-

(i) the transaction value in sales, between buyers and sell- ers who are not related in any particular case, of iden-

tical or similar goods for export to Belize;

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(ii) the customs value of identical or similar goods, as de- termined under paragraph 6;

(iii) the customs value of identical or similar goods, as de- termined under paragraph 7.

In applying the foregoing tests, due account shall be taken of demonstrated differences in commercial levels, quantity levels, the elements enumerated in paragraph 8, and costs incurred by the seller in sales in which he and the buyer are not related, that are not incurred by the seller in sales in which he and the buyer are related.

(c) The tests set forth in sub-paragraph 2 (b) shall be used at the initiative of the importer and only for comparison purposes. Substitute values may not be established under that sub- paragraph.

(3) (a) The price actually paid or payable is the total payment made or to be made by the buyer to or for the benefit of the seller for the imported goods. Payments may be made directly or indirectly, need not necessarily take the form of a transfer of money, and shall include:

(i) all payments made or to be made as a condition of a sale of the imported goods by the buyer to the seller or by the buyer to a third party to satisfy an obliga- tion of the seller; and

(ii) any settlement by the buyer, whether in whole or in part, of a debt owed by the seller.

(b) Activities, including marketing activities, undertaken by the buyer on his own account, other than those for which an ad- justment is provided in paragraph 8, are not considered to be an indirect payment to the seller, even though they might be regarded as of benefit to the seller or have been undertaken

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by agreement with the seller, and their cost shall not be added to the price actually paid or payable in determining the cus- toms value of imported goods.

(4) The customs value of imported goods shall not include the following charges or costs, provided that they are distinguished from the price actually paid or payable for the imported goods:

(a) charges for construction, erection, assembly, maintenance or technical assistance, undertaken after importation on imported goods such as industrial plant, machinery or equipment;

(b) customs duties and other taxes payable in Belize by reason of the importation or sale of the goods;

(c) the cost of transport after importation.

(5) The fact that goods which are the subject of a sale are entered for home use within Belize shall be regarded as adequate indication that they were sold for export to Belize. This indication shall also apply where successive sales of the goods have taken place before valuation. Where such successive sales have taken place each price resulting from them may be used as a basis for valuation.

4.-(1) (a) The customs value of imported goods determined under this paragraph shall be the transaction value of identical goods sold for export to Belize and exported at or about the same time as the goods being valued.

(b) In applying this paragraph, the transaction value of identical goods in a sale at the same commercial level and in substantially the same quantity as the goods being valued shall be used to determine the customs value. Where no such sale is found, the transaction value of identical goods sold at a different commercial level and/or in different quantities, adjusted to take account of differences attributable to commercial level and/or to quan- tity shall be used, provided that such adjustments can be made on the basis of

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demonstrated evidence which clearly establishes the reasonableness and accu- racy of the adjustment, whether the adjustment leads to an increase or a de- crease in value.

(2) Where the costs and charges referred to in paragraph 8 (1)(e) are included in the transaction value, an adjustment shall be made to take account of significant differences in such costs and charges between the imported goods and the identical goods in question arising from differences in distances and modes of transport.

(3) In applying this paragraph-

(a) if more than one transaction value of similar goods is found, the lowest such value shall be used to determine the customs value of the imported goods;

(b) a transaction value for goods produced by a different person shall be taken into account only when no transaction value can be found under sub-paragraph (1) for similar goods pro- duced by the same person as the goods being valued;

(c) a condition for adjustment because of different commercial levels or different quantities shall be that such adjustment shall be made only on the basis of demonstrated evidence that clearly establishes the reasonableness and accuracy of the ad- justment.

(4) For the purposes of this paragraph, the transaction value of similar imported goods means a customs value previously determined under para- graph 3, adjusted as provided for in sub-paragraph (1)(b) and (2) of this para- graph.

5.-(1) (a) If the imported goods or identical or similar imported goods are sold in Belize in the condition as imported, the customs value of the im- ported goods, determined under this paragraph, shall be based on the unit price at which the imported goods or identical or similar imported goods are

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sold in the greatest aggregate quantity, at or about the time of the importation of the goods being valued, to persons who are not related to the persons from whom they buy such goods, subject to deductions for the following:

(i) either the commissions usually paid or agreed to be paid or the additions usually made for profit and gen- eral expenses (including the direct and indirect costs of marketing the goods in question) in connection with sales in Belize of imported goods of the same class or kind;

(ii) the usual costs of transport and insurance and associ- ated costs incurred within Belize; and

(iii) the customs duties and other taxes payable in Belize by reason of the importation or sale of the goods.

(b) If neither the imported goods nor identical nor similar imported goods are sold at or about the time of importation of the goods being val- ued, the customs value of imported goods determined under this paragraph shall, subject otherwise to the provisions of sub-paragraph (1)(a), be based on the unit price at which the imported goods or identical or similar imported goods are sold in Belize in the condition as imported at the earliest date after the importation of goods being valued but before the expiration of 90 days after such importation.

(2) If neither the imported goods nor identical nor similar imported goods are sold in Belize in the condition as imported, then if the Comptroller of Cus- toms so decides, the customs value shall be based on the unit price at which the imported goods, after further processing, are sold in the greatest aggregate quantity to persons in Belize who are not related to the persons from whom they buy such goods, due allowance being made for the value added by such processing and the deductions provided for in sub-paragraph (1)(a). Where this method of valuation is used, deductions made for the value added by further processing shall be based on objective and quantifiable data relating to the cost of such work. Accepted industry formulas, recipes, methods of con- struction and other industry practices shall form the basis of the calculations.

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(3) In this paragraph, the unit price at which imported goods or identical or similar imported goods are sold in the greatest aggregate quantity is the price at which the greatest number of units are sold in sales to persons who are not related to the persons from whom they buy such goods at the first commercial level after importation at which such sales take place.

(4) Any sale in Belize to a person who supplies directly or indirectly free of charge or at reduced cost for use in connection with the production and sale for export of the imported goods any of the elements specified in paragraph 8 (1)(b), shall not be taken into account in establishing the unit price for the pur- poses of this paragraph.

(5) For the purpose of sub-paragraph (1)(a)(i)-

(a) “profit and general expenses” shall be taken as a whole. The figure for the purposes of this deduction shall be determined on the basis of information supplied by or on behalf of the importer unless his figures are inconsistent with those obtain- ing in sales of imported goods of the same class or kind. Where the importer’s figures are inconsistent with such figures, the amount for profit and general expenses may be based upon relevant information other than that supplied by or on behalf of the importer; and

(b) in determining either the commission or the additions usually made for profit and general expenses the questions whether certain goods are of the same class or kind as other goods shall be determined on a case-by-case basis by reference to the circumstances involved. In doing this, sales for which the necessary information can be provided of the narrowest group

or range of imported goods of the same class or kind as the goods being valued should be examined;

(c) “goods of the same class or kind” includes goods imported from the same country as the goods being valued as well as goods imported from other countries.

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(6) For the purpose of sub-paragraph (1)(b) the “earliest date” shall be the date by which sales of the imported goods or of identical or similar im- ported goods are made in sufficient quantity to establish the unit price.

6.-(1) The customs value of imported goods determined under this para- graph shall be based on a computed value which shall consist of the sum of:

(a) the cost or value of materials and fabrication or other pro- cessing employed in producing the imported goods;

(b) an amount for profit and general expenses equal to that usu- ally reflected in sales of goods of the same class or kind as the goods being valued which are made by producers in the coun- try of exportation for export to Belize;

(c) the cost or value of the items referred to in paragraph 8(1)(e).

(2) The cost or value of the items referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a) above shall include the cost of elements specified in paragraph 8(1)(a)(ii) and (iii). It shall also include the value, duly apportioned, of any element specified in paragraph 8(1)(b) which has been supplied directly or indirectly by the buyer for use in connection with the production of the imported goods. The value of the elements specified in paragraph 8(1)(b)(iv) which are undertaken in Belize shall be included only to the extent that such elements are charged to the producer. No cost or value of an element referred to in this sub-paragraph shall be counted more than once in determining the computed value.

(3) The “cost or value” referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a) shall be deter- mined on the basis of information relating to the production of the goods being valued supplied by or on behalf of the producer provided that these accounts are consistent with the generally accepted accounting principle applied in the country where the goods are produced.

(4)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(b)-

(a) the “amount for profit and general expenses” shall be taken as a whole and shall be determined on the basis of information

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supplied by or on behalf of the producer unless his figures are inconsistent with those usually reflected in sales of goods of the same class or kind as the goods being valued which are made by producers in the country of exportation for export to Belize;

(b) if the producer’s own figures for profit and general expenses are not consistent with those usually reflected in sales of the goods of the same class or kind referred to in sub-paragraph (4)(a) the amount for profit and general expenses may be based upon relevant information other than that supplied by or on behalf of the producer of the goods;

(c) “goods of the same class or kind” means goods imported from the same country as the goods being valued;

(d) “whether goods are of the same class or kind” as other goods shall be determined on a case by case basis with reference to the circumstances involved. In doing this, sales for export to Belize of the narrowest group or range of goods of the same class orkind as the goods being valued for which the neces- sary information can be provided should be examined;

(e) the “general expenses” referred to cover the direct and indi- rect costs of producing and selling the goods for export which are not included under sub-paragraph (1)(a).

7.-(1) In determining the customs value under paragraph 3, there shall be added to the price actually paid or payable for the imported goods:

(a) the following, to the extent that they are incurred by the buyer but are not included in the price actually paid or payable for the goods:

(i) commission and brokerage, except buying commis- sions;

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(ii) the cost of containers which are treated as being one for customs purposes with the goods in question;

(iii) the cost of packing, whether for labour or materials;

(b) the value, apportioned as appropriate, of the following goods and services where supplied directly or indirectly by the buyer free of charge or at reduced cost for use in connection with the production and sale for export of the imported goods, to the extent that such value has not been included in the price actually paid or payable:

(i) materials, components, parts and similar items incor- porated in the imported goods;

(ii) tools, dies, moulds and similar items used in the pro- duction of the imported goods;

(iii) materials consumed in the production of the imported goods;

(iv) engineering, development, artwork, design work, and plans and sketches undertaken elsewhere than in Belize and necessary for the production of the imported goods;

(c) royalties and license fees, which, among other things, may in- clude payments in respect of patents, trademarks and copy- right, related to the goods being valued that the buyer must

pay, either directly or indirectly, as a condition of sale of the goods being valued, to the extent that such royalties and fees are not included in the price actually paid or payable;

(d) the value of any part of the proceeds of any subsequent re- sale, disposal or use of the imported goods that accrues di- rectly or indirectly to the seller;

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(e) (i) the cost of transport of the imported goods to the port or place of importation;

(ii) loading and handling charges associated with the transport of the imported goods to the port or place of importation; and

(iii) the cost of insurance.

(2) No additions shall be made to the price actually paid or payable in determining the customs value except as provided in this paragraph.

(3) Additions to the price actually paid or payable shall be made under this paragraph only on the basis of objective and quantifiable data; and if such do not exist a transaction value shall not be determined under the provisions of paragraph 3.

(4) In this paragraph, the term “buying commissions” means fees paid by an importer to his agent for the service of representing him abroad in the pur- chase of the goods being valued.

(5) Notwithstanding sub-paragraph (1)(c) of this paragraph:

(a) charges for the right to reproduce the imported goods in Belize shall not be added to the price actually paid or payable for the imported goods in determining the customs value; and

(b) payments made by the buyer for the right to distribute or re- sell the imported goods shall not be added to the price actu- ally paid or payable for the imported goods if such payments

are not a condition of the sale for export to Belize of the goods.

8.-(1) Charges for interest under a financing arrangement entered into by the buyer and related to the purchase of imported goods shall not be in- cluded in the customs value determined under paragraph 3 provided that:

(a) the charges are distinguished from the price actually paid or

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payable for the goods;

(b) the financing arrangements have been made in writing;

(c) where required by the Comptroller of Customs, the buyer can demonstrate that:

(i) such goods are actually sold at the price declared as the price actually paid or payable; and

(ii) the claimed rate of interest does not exceed the level for such transactions prevailing in the country where, and at the time, when the finance was provided.

(2) The provisions of sub-paragraph (1) shall apply regardless of whether the finance is provided by the seller, a bank or another person; and it shall also apply, mutatis mutandis, where customs value is determined under a method other than the transaction value.

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List of Abbreviations

Ad. Val. .. .. .. .. .. .. Ad Valorem Bd. ft .. .. .. .. .. .. Board feet Cu. ft. .. .. .. .. .. .. Cubic feet Dzs. .. .. .. .. .. .. Dozens Doz. pks. .. .. .. .. .. Dozen packs Dozen prs. .. .. .. .. .. Dozen pairs Gall. .. .. .. .. .. .. Gallon (imperial) Lb. .. .. .. .. .. .. Pound No. .. .. .. .. .. .. Number Oz. .. .. .. .. .. .. Ounce Sq. ft. .. .. .. .. .. .. Square feet Sq. yds. .. .. .. .. .. Square yards 00 lb. .. .. .. .. .. .. Hundreds of

pounds 00 nuts .. .. .. .. .. .. Hundreds of nuts

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FOURTH SCHEDULE

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Export Duties

Class or description of goods Unit Rate of Duty

1. Mahogany, cedar, pine and other wood Ad Val. 5%

2. Fish as defined in the Fisheries Act, except farm shrimp and lobster Ad Val. 5%

3. Lobster Ad Val. 5% or 75¢ per lb., whichever is less

4. Sugar, Raw Ad Val. 2%

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FIFTH SCHEDULE

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Goods in respect of which no exemption from import duties or entry tax is granted under Part IV.

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3

Standard International B.H. Trade Classification Tariff Item No. Class or Description of

Goods Original

046-01 Ex 42 Flour of Wheat Ex 048-04 48-49 Biscuits, sweetened or

unsweetened 112-03 108 Beer, stout, ale 112-04 110 Gin 112-04 111 Rum 112-04 112 Whisky 112-04 Ex 114 Vodka 121-01 115-116 Tobacco, unmanufactured

(including scrap tobacco and tobacco stems)

122 118 Manufactured tobacco except cigars

Ex 657-03 142 Ex 299, 312 Coir products, mats and matting

313 164-174 Petroleum products Ex 899-13 Ex 500 Brushes made with plastic

bristles, except paint brushes and artists’

brushes

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053 Ex 62-65 Fruits preserved and fruit preparations, except frozen citrus concentrates and citrus segments

Ex 533 214-217 Prepared paints, enamels, lacquer and varnishes, ships bottom compositions, putty and all other (including driers)

629-01 257-265 Tyres and tubes for vehicles Ex 552-02 235 Cleaning preparations

without soap (detergents) 561 237-240 Fertilizers

Ex 632 270 Crates and wooden containers Ex 681 347 Finished structural parts of

iron or steel Ex 721-04 Ex 412-413 Radio and television sets Ex 721-19 420 Accumulators Ex 821 450-451 Wooden furniture, metal

furniture Ex 821-09 Ex 245,268,452 Mattresses Ex 841 Ex 457-458A Underwear and shirts of

knitted fabrics, underwear, shirts and nightwear of fabrics other than knitted outerwear of non-knitted textile fabrics

Ex 851-01 Ex 465, 466,467 Slippers and house foot- 472 wear, wholly or mainly

851-02 of leather. Footwear, wholly or mainly of leather (not

including slippers and house footwear).
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