Customs Regulation Act

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CUSTOMS REGULATION ACT

CHAPTER 49

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

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BELIZE

CUSTOMS REGULATION ACT

CHAPTER 49

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

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Revised Edition 1980 - 1990.

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Preliminary

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

Administration

3. Appointment of officers.

4. Employees are officers.

5. Punishment for taking gratuity.

6. Declaration by officers.

7. Office hours.

8. Hearing of complaints, etc.

9. Perjury.

10. Agents to show authority.

11. Stationing officers on board.

Procedure on Arrival of Ships in Belize

12. Master’s report and manifest.

13. Production of manifest, etc.

14. Powers of officers on board.

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Report of Ships and Entry and Landing of Goods

15. Report on arrival.

16. Bill of entry.

17. Particulars of entry and valuation of goods.

18. Duty to produce title to goods and power of Comptroller to dispose

of goods.

19. Sale of goods on refusal of duty.

20. Undervalued goods.

21. Entry of goods for warehousing.

22. Account of bullion, coin, etc.

23. Declaration where entry imperfect.

24. Goods entered by bill of sight not to be delivered unless duty is

paid or deposited.

25. Accounting for and disposal of sum deposited as estimated duties.

26. Goods to be taken to the Queen’s warehouse in default of perfect

entry and sold in certain cases.

27. Entry by importers.

28. Entry to take goods from warehouse.

29. Duty on damaged goods.

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30. Officers to examine damage.

31. Landing of goods.

32. Unauthorised removal of goods.

33. Importer’s risk to unship goods.

34. Breaking seals, locks, etc.

35. Seizure of obscene prints, etc.

36. Spirits, cordials, etc.

37. Entry outwards.

38. Clearance on accounting for inward cargo.

Entry and Clearance of Goods for Exportation

39. Bond to export goods.

40. Exporting vessel must be at least ten tons.

41. Provision for exportation of warehoused goods in certain cases.

42. Exporting warehoused goods.

43. How exports made.

44. Regulating the carriage of bonded goods.

45. Penalties on non-exportation.

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46. Ship’s clearance.

47. Where no bond goods to be accounted for.

Coasting Trade

48. Coasting trade.

49. Coasting ship.

50. Reporting dutiable goods.

51. Minister may make rules for regulating importation and ex-

portation by inland carriage.

General Provisions relating to Collection and

Management of Customs Duties

52. Establishment of Customs Tariff Board to settle disputes.

53. Bonds.

54. Bonds of infants valid.

55. Duty ascertained by samples.

56. Ports and landing places.

57. Forfeiture of goods.

58. Duties on ship’s stores.

59. False declarations.

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60. Goods for home consumption.

61. Inflammable goods.

62. Warehousing of gunpowder.

63. Abandoned goods.

64. Warehousing.

65. Private warehouses and customs areas and their regulation.

66. Removal of warehoused goods.

67. Accounts of warehoused goods.

68. Power to sell goods after six months in warehouse.

69. Lost and destroyed goods.

70. Duties on spirits and tobacco.

71. Removal of goods.

72. Misconduct of officers.

73. Fraudulent opening of warehouses.

74. Clearing goods.

75. Re-sorting and packing goods.

76. Fire or inevitable accident.

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77. Warehoused goods.

Searches, Examinations, Detentions,

Seizures and Forfeitures

78. False bulkheads.

79. Boats alongside.

80. Unshipping goods without duty paid.

81. Concealed goods.

82. Goods concealed in packages of goods subject to lower duty.

83. Goods illegally removed.

84. Persons authorised to make seizures.

85. Power to search the person.

86. Penalties.

87. Searching houses.

88. Writs of assistance.

89. Seizures taken to Custom House.

90. Detaining on escapes.

91. Stopping carts, etc., search.

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Prevention of Smuggling

92. Bringing to ships, etc.

93. Firing into vessel.

94. Ships found light.

95. Ships removing goods.

96. Penalty for assembling to smuggle, etc.

97. Running goods with arms.

98. Obstructing and assaulting officers.

99. Disposal of seizures.

Goods in transit (duty exemption)

100. Goods in transit exempt from duty and tax.

101. Charges for administration expenses.

102. Entry before clearance by transit agent.

Prohibited and Restricted Goods

103. Mode of prohibiting exportation and importation.

104. Certain goods on board ship not to be deemed unlawfully imported.

105. Importation or exportation may be subject to condition.

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106. Penalty clause.

Offences and Penalties

107. Bringing to.

108. Penalty for non-compliance with law as to entry.

109. Unauthorised entries.

110. Penalty on breaking seal, lock, etc.

111. Penalties for false papers.

112. Illegally importing, unshipping, etc.

113. Power of Comptroller to make out-of-court settlement.

114. Valuation of goods for assessing penalties.

115. Penalty.

116. Additional assessments of duties.

117. Use of agent.

Procedure for Recovery of Penalties

118. Proceedings for the punishment of offenders and the recovery of

fines, etc.

119. Writs of certiorari and habeas corpus.

120. Condemnation of ships, etc.

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121. Onus probandi.

122. Delivery of forfeited ships.

123. Adjudication of forfeitures.

124. Protection: Public Authorities Protection Act.

125. Dispute as to payment of duties.

126. Averments in proceedings.

127. Evidence.

128. Limitation of proceedings.

129. Escaped persons.

130. Collusion by, and bribery of, officers.

131. Penalties and informers.

132. General penalty.

133. Restoration of goods, remission of fines, etc.

Regulations

134. Power of Minister and Comptroller to make regulations.

Appeals

135. Appeals and stay of execution of inferior courts’ decisions.

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FIRST SCHEDULE

SECOND SCHEDULE

THIRD SCHEDULE

FOURTH SCHEDULE

FIFTH SCHEDULE

SIXTH SCHEDULE

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[25th July, 1878]

Preliminary

1. This Act may be cited as the Customs Regulation Act.

Ch. 36,

R.L., 1958.

CAP. 39,

R.E. 1980-1990.

38 of 1963.

40 of 1963.

14 of 1968.

7 of 1973.

17 of 1978.

11 of 1987.

22 of 1987.

23 of 1991.

26 of 1992.

18 of 1994.

18 of 1998.

18 of 1999.

Short title.

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

“customs area” means any place appointed to be a customs area by the Comp-

troller by notice in the Gazette;

“customs law” means and includes this Act and any other law at any time in

force within Belize relating to Customs;

“goods” means all kinds of goods, wares, merchandise, currency in all forms,

and other articles to which the provisions of any customs law may be appli-

cable;

“goods in transit” means any article whatever, including animals, entered for

due exportation and landing thereof in a place outside Belize;

“importer” means, includes and applies to any owner or other person for the

time being possessed of or beneficially interested in any goods at and from the

time of the importation thereof;

“occupier” includes any person who signs as principal any bond in respect of

any building or place used for the deposit of goods for the security thereof or of

the duties thereon under the customs laws;

“officer of customs” includes excise officers and all members of the Police De-

partment;

“owner of goods” includes any person who is for the time being entitled, either

as owner or agent for the owner, to the possession of any goods;

“port” means the port of Belize City, and includes any place where a principal

officer or Sub-Collector of Customs is stationed, and any place declared a

port by the Minister;

Interpretation.

18 of 1994.

40 of 1963.

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“Port Authority” means the Belize Port Authority established under the Belize

Port Authority Act;

“private warehouse” means any building or place appointed by the Comptrol-

ler by notice in the Gazette to be a private warehouse;

“Queen’s warehouse” means any warehouse or place whatever for the time

being occupied or used by the Comptroller for the deposit of goods for secu-

rity thereof or of the duty due thereon;

“ship”, “boat”, “lighter” and “vessel” means and includes any description of

floating craft;

“transit agent” means the person in charge of goods in transit whether such

person is the owner thereof or his agent;

“warehouse-keeper” means the owner or occupier of a private warehouse.

Administration

3.-(1) The Public Services Commission may from time to time appoint proper

persons to execute the duties of the several offices necessary for the due man-

agement and collection of the Customs and all matters connected therewith,

and require of such persons such securities for their good conduct therein as it

thinks necessary.

(2) The several persons now filling or discharging the duties of such of-

fices shall continue to fill and discharge the duties of the same during the time

of their appointment as provided in subsection (1) above.

4.-(1) Every person employed on any duty or service relating to the Cus-

toms, by order or with the concurrence of the Public Services Commission,

shall be deemed to be the officer of Customs for that duty or service, and

every act or thing required by any law to be done or performed by any par-

17 of 1978.

CAP. 233.

Appointment of

officers.

Employees are

officers.

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ticular officer nominated for such purpose, if done or performed by any person

appointed by the Public Services Commission to act for such particular officer

shall be deemed to be done or performed by such particular officer.

(2) The Comptroller may with the approval of the Minister engage the ser-

vices of customs agents to carry out specified customs functions, and every

person so appointed shall have, during the period of his engagement, all the

powers and privileges of an officer of customs.

5.-(1) If any officer, clerk or person acting in any office in or belonging to the

Customs takes or receives any fee, perquisite, gratuity or reward, whether pe-

cuniary or otherwise, directly or indirectly from any person, not being a person

duly appointed to some office in the Customs, on account of anything done or

omitted to be done by him, or in any way relating to his said office or employ-

ment, except such as he receives by permission of the Public Services Com-

mission, every such officer, clerk or other person so offending shall on proof

thereof be liable to be dismissed from his office.

(2) If any person gives, offers or promises to give any such fee, perquisite

or reward, he shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a fine not exceeding

five hundred dollars.

6. Every person appointed to any office or employment in the service of

the Customs shall at his admission thereto make the following declaration:

“I, A.B., do declare that I will be true and faithful in the

execution, to the best of my knowledge and power, of the trust

committed to my charge and inspection in the service of the

Customs Department of the Government of Belize and that I will

not require, take or receive any fee, perquisite, gratuity or re-

ward, whether pecuniary, or of any sort or description whatso-

ever, either directly or indirectly, for any service, act, duty, mat-

ter or thing done or performed, or to be done or performed in

the execution or discharge of any of the duties of my office or

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Punishment for

taking gratuity.

Declaration by

officers.

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employment on any account whatever, other than my salary,

or what is or shall be allowed me by any special order of the

Public Services Commission.”

7. The Comptroller with the sanction of the Minister may from time to

time appoint hours of general attendance of the respective officers at their

proper offices or places of employment, and from time to time require the

attendance of any or every such officer either before or after such hours of

general attendance and during such time as he may think proper.

8.-(1) The Comptroller before whom any matter or thing under any customs

law is brought or exhibited, may summon any person to appear before him at

a certain time and place to be specified and set forth in such summons to give

evidence upon oath of the truth of any facts alleged in such matter or thing, or

otherwise touching or relating thereto, or to such inquiry.

(2) Every person so summoned having his reasonable expenses for such

attendance, if required, tendered to him at the time of the service of such

summons, who neglects or refuses to appear according to the exigency thereof,

or who, having so appeared, refuses to take oath, or to affirm, or refuses to

give evidence, or to answer according to the best of his knowledge or belief

any lawful question, when thereunto required, shall be guilty of an offence and

be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

(3) In all cases where proof or evidence on oath or affirmation is required

by any customs law, or is necessary in any matter relating to the Customs, it

may be made before the Comptroller at the place where such proof or affir-

mation is required to be made, or before the person or persons acting for him,

and who is and are hereby authorised and empowered to administer the same.

Office hours.

40 of 1963.

Hearing of

complaints, etc.

Comptroller to

administer oaths,

etc.

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9. Upon examinations and inquiries made by the Comptroller or other

person appointed by the Minister to make such examinations and inquiries for

ascertaining the truth of the facts relative to the conduct of officers of Customs

or persons employed therein, any person examined before him or them shall

deliver testimony on oath or affirmation to be administered by such Comptrol-

ler or other person who examines such person, and every person so examined,

or who makes oath or affirmation under and in pursuance of section 8, who is

convicted of making a false oath or affirmation touching any of the facts so

testified on oath or affirmation, or of giving false evidence on oath before the

Comptroller or other person pursuant to the provisions of this Act shall be

deemed guilty of perjury and shall be liable to be punished accordingly.

10. Whenever any person makes application to any officer of Customs to

transact any business on behalf of any other person, such officer may require of

the person so applying to produce a written authority from the person on whose

behalf such application is made, and in default of the production of such author-

ity refuse to transact such business.

11. The Comptroller may station an officer or officers on board any ship in

any part of Belize, and the master of every ship on board which an officer is so

stationed, shall provide every such officer sufficient room under the deck for his

bed or hammock, and with suitable board, and in case of neglect or refusal to

do so, every such master shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred

dollars.

Procedure on Arrival of Ships in Belize

12.-(1) The master of every ship arriving within the waters of Belize from parts

beyond the seas laden or in ballast and bound to any place in Belize shall,

before touching at or having communication either directly or indirectly with

any place within Belize other than a port, proceed to a port in Belize, and shall

within twenty-four hours after arrival at such port personally appear at the Cus-

tom House at such port, unless prevented from doing so by reason of illness or

of his ship being in quarantine, in which case the agent of the ship shall act in his

Perjury.

Agents to show

authority.

Stationing

officers on

board.

Master’s report

and manifest.

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behalf, and there make a report and manifest in writing in the form of the First

Schedule containing the several particulars indicated in or required thereby, or

in such form as the Comptroller shall from time to time prescribe, and shall

make and subscribe a declaration to the truth thereof before the Comptroller

or other proper officer, and the master shall further answer all such questions

concerning the ship and the cargo and the passengers, crew and the voyage as

are required of him by such officer, and if he refuses to answer or does not

answer truly the questions required of him, or fails to make due report, or if the

particulars or any of them contained in such report is false, he shall be liable to

a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

(2) All goods not duly reported may be detained by any officer of cus-

toms until so reported or the omission explained to the satisfaction of the Comp-

troller, and may in the meantime be removed to the Queen’s warehouse.

(3) The Minister may grant a licence on such conditions as may be set out

in the licence exempting any such master from complying with the require-

ments of this section.

13. The master of every ship bound for any place within Belize required to

have a manifest on board, shall produce the manifest to any officer of customs

who comes on board the ship, after her arrival within the waters of Belize, and

who demands it for inspection, and the master shall also deliver to any officer

of customs a true copy of such manifest signed by the master if required to do

so, and if the master does not in any case produce such manifest, or does not

deliver such copy he shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not ex-

ceeding three hundred dollars.

14.-(1) Any officer of customs may board any ship arriving in Belize and

freely stay on board until all goods laden therein have been duly delivered

therefrom or until her departure, and such officer shall have free access to

every part of the ship, with power to search, rummage, fasten down hatch-

ways and other places, and to mark any goods before landing, and to lock up,

seal, mark or otherwise secure any goods on board such ship.

First Schedule.

40 of 1963.

Production of

manifest, etc.

Powers of officers

on board.

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(2) If any place, box or chest on board of such ship is locked and the keys

withheld, such officer may open or cause to be opened any such place, box or

chest, and if any goods liable to duty are found concealed on board such ship,

they shall be forfeited.

(3) If the officer places any lock, mark or seal upon any place or goods on

board and such lock, mark or seal is wilfully opened, altered or broken before

due delivery of the goods, or if any such goods are unlawfully conveyed away,

or if the hatchways or any other place, after having been fastened down by the

officer is opened, the master of such ship shall be guilty of an offence and be

liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

Report of Ships and Entry and Landing of Goods

15.-(1) No goods, except ice, livestock, bullion or coin, shall be unladen from

any ship arriving from parts beyond the seas at any port or place in Belize, nor

bulk be broken after the arrival of the ship without the sanction of the Comp-

troller, before the due report of the ship and due entry of such goods has been

made and warrant granted in manner hereafter directed.

(2) All goods not fully reported, or which are unladen contrary hereto,

shall be forfeited, and if bulk is broken contrary hereto, the master of such ship

shall be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

(3) All gunpowder and other goods specially dangerous in cargo shall be

landed before any other goods, except livestock, ice, bullion or coin.

16.-(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, every person entering any

goods inwards, whether for payment of duty upon the first perfect entry or for

payment of duty upon the taking out of the warehouse, or whether such goods

are for commercial, personal or any other use, shall declare such goods and

deliver to the Comptroller a bill in duplicate of the entry of such goods accord-

ing to one of the forms in the Second Schedule or such other form as the

Comptroller may prescribe from time to time, containing the several particulars

Report on

arrival.

17 of 1978.

Bills of entry.

18 of 1994.

Second

Schedule.

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indicated or required thereby, and shall pay any duty which may be payable

upon the goods mentioned in such entry.

(2) The entry under subsection (1) above shall be duly signed by the Comp-

troller or other proper officer, and shall be the warrant for the landing and

delivery of such goods.

(3) It shall not be necessary for a person to declare any currency (whether

in the form of banknotes or otherwise) where the value of such currency when

converted into Belize currency does not exceed ten thousand Belize dollars.

(4) Without prejudice to subsection (3) above, where the value of goods

imported does not exceed two hundred Belize dollars it shall not be necessary

for the importer to deliver to the Comptroller a customs entry but the importer

shall declare and pay the appropriate customs duty to the Comptroller.

(5) The Minister may, from time to time by order published in the

Gazette, vary the amounts specified in subsections (3) and (4) of this section.

17.-(1) In every entry there shall be stated the value of the goods mentioned

therein, and if such goods are charged to pay duty according to the number,

measure or weight thereof, such number, measure or weight shall also be stated

in the entry.

(2) Every entry shall be signed by the importer or the person for the time

being in charge of his business, and when the entry is delivered to the Comp-

troller or other proper officer the invoice of the goods mentioned in the entry

shall also be produced to the Comptroller or other proper officer.

(3) The Comptroller or other proper officer may require the importer to

produce further proof as to the value of the goods, and if such proof is not

produced or if it appears to the Comptroller or other proper officer that such

goods are valued below their value, he may cause the goods to be examined

by two competent persons to be nominated and appointed by the

Comptroller.

Particulars of

entry and

valuation of

goods.

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(4) Such persons shall declare on oath, if required, before the Comptroller

what is the value of such goods, and the value so declared shall be deemed to

be the value upon which the duties due thereon shall be charged and paid.

(5) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act or any

other law if it appears to the Comptroller, upon the examination of any goods

liable to customs duties, that such goods are not valued according to their true

value and that they are properly chargeable with a higher amount of duty than

that which has been entered or declared in respect of them, the Comptroller

may assess the value of such goods at such amount or additional amount, as

according to his best judgment ought to have been given as the true value of

such goods, and thereafter determine the rate or amount of duty chargeable on

such goods, which amount shall be the duty payable in respect of such goods.

18.-(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or any other law, the

Comptroller may, in his discretion, require an importer to produce satisfactory

evidence of title to the goods within such time as the Comptroller may pre-

scribe, and the Comptroller may detain the goods pending the production of

such evidence.

(2) In the event the importer fails or neglects to satisfy the Comptroller

within the specified time that he possesses good title to the goods, the Comp-

troller may, after giving the importer one month’s notice of his intention to do so,

declare the goods forfeited and may dispose of such goods by public auction or

in such other manner as the Comptroller may think fit.

19.-(1) If the importer of such goods refuses or neglects to pay the duties

imposed thereon, together with the charges which have been occasioned by

such examination, the Comptroller shall, where the goods are not in the custody

of the Port Authority take and secure the said goods with the packages thereof

and cause it to be publicly sold by auction or where the goods are in the cus-

tody of the Port Authority require that the goods be publicly sold by auction by

the Port Authority within the space of twenty days at the most after such refusal

or neglect, and at such time and place as the Comptroller shall by four or more

Duty to produce

title to goods

and power of

Comptroller to

dispose of

goods.

18 of 1994.

Sale of goods on

refusal of duty.

18 of 1998.

17 of 1978.

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days’ public notice appoint for that purpose.

(2) The goods shall be sold to the best bidder or at the best price, and the

money arising from the sale thereof shall be applied in the first place in pay-

ment to the importer of the amount in respect of which he was willing to pay

duty upon such goods, and in the next place in payment of the said duties,

together with the charges occasioned by the sale and examination, and the

surplus, if any, shall be carried to account as duties of customs.

20.-(1) If, notwithstanding the provisions of this Act, upon the examination of

any goods entered for duty, which are chargeable with duty upon the values

thereof, it appears to the Comptroller that such goods are not valued accord-

ing to their true value, or that they are properly chargeable with a higher rate or

amount of duty than that to which they would be subject, according to the

value described in the entry, and after the goods have been examined by two

competent persons to be nominated or appointed by the Comptroller, and

declared by them on oath if required to be invoiced below the real and true

value thereof, it shall be lawful for such officer to detain them, in which case he

shall forthwith give notice in writing to the person entering the same of the

detention of such goods.

(2) The Comptroller shall, within seven days after the detention of such

goods, determine either to deliver such goods on the entry of such person, or

to retain them for the use of the Crown, in which latter case he or they shall

cause the value at which the goods were so entered and the duties already

paid on such entry to be paid to the person entering them in full satisfaction for

such goods, or may permit such person on his application for that purpose to

amend such entry at such value and upon such terms as he may direct.

(3) If the Comptroller retains such goods, he shall dispose of them by sale

or otherwise for the benefit of the Crown, and if the proceeds arising there-

from in case of sale exceed the sum so paid and all charges incurred by the

Crown, they shall be carried to account as duties of customs.

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21. The importer of any goods intended to be warehoused without

payment of duty on the first entry thereof, or his agent, shall deliver to the

Comptroller a bill of entry in duplicate of such goods in Form No. 2 in the

Second Schedule and containing the particulars therein, or in such other form

as the Comptroller may direct, and such bill of entry, when signed by the Comp-

troller or other proper officer, shall be transmitted to the proper officer of cus-

toms, and be the warrant for the due warehousing of such goods.

22. The importer, owner or consignee of any ice, livestock, or any bullion

or coin not being small parcels, forming part of the baggage of passengers,

shall, within four days after the landing thereof, deliver to the Comptroller a full

and true account thereof, including its value, and in default, he shall for every

such neglect or omission, be liable to a fine of fifty dollars.

23.-(1) If the importer of any goods or his known agent makes or subscribes a

declaration before the Comptroller or other proper officer that he cannot for

want of full information make perfect entry thereof, the Comptroller or other

proper officer may receive an entry by bill of sight in such form as the Comp-

troller may from time to time prescribe for the packages of such goods, by the

best description which can be given.

(2) Such entry, being signed by the Comptroller or other proper officer,

shall be the warrant for provisionally landing such goods to be examined by

such importer in the presence of the proper officer, and within three days after

the goods are so landed, or within such further time as the Comptroller sees fit

after landing thereof, the importer shall make a perfect entry thereof.

24. Where an entry for the landing and examination of goods for delivery

on payment of duty is made by bill of sight, such goods shall not be delivered

until perfect entry thereof is made and the duties due thereon paid, unless the

importer deposits with the Comptroller a sum of money sufficient in amount to

cover the estimated duties payable thereon and in addition thereto such sum as

the Comptroller may require not being less than the amount deposited as the

estimated duties.

Entry of goods

for warehousing.

Second

Schedule,

Form No. 2.

Account of

bullion, coin,

etc.

Declaration

where entry

imperfect.

Goods entered

by bill of sight

not to be

delivered unless

duty is paid or

deposited.

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Provided that the Comptroller may, in his discretion, accept a bond in

lieu of a cash deposit to secure the additional sum (but not the estimated

duties) payable under this section, such bond being conditioned on the making

of perfect entry of goods within the specified time and the payment of all duties

thereon.

25. The sum deposited as the estimated duties under section 24 shall be

brought to account as duty and the additional sum deposited or secured by a

bond shall be forfeited and paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund unless

the importer produces to the Comptroller, within three months or such further

period as the Comptroller may in any special circumstances allow, satisfactory

evidence of the value, and makes perfect entry of such goods, in which case

so much of the sums deposited as is necessary shall be brought to account as

duty and the balance returned to the person who deposited the same.

26. If full and perfect entry of any goods landed by bill of sight as men-

tioned in section 24 is not made within three days of the landing thereof, or

within such further time as the Comptroller may see fit, or unless deposit as

aforesaid is made, such goods shall, where they are not in a warehouse in the

custody of the Port Authority, be taken to the Queen’s warehouse, and if the

importer does not within six weeks after such landing make perfect entry of

the goods and pay the duties thereon together with the charge of removal and

the warehouse rent, the goods shall be sold for the payment of such duties and

charges.

27.-(1) If the importer of any goods fails within ten days after the arrival of the

importing ship, or within such further time as the Comptroller may allow, to

make perfect entry, or entry by bill of sight of the goods, and land the same, it

shall be lawful for any officer of customs where the goods are not already in

the custody of the Port Authority to convey such goods to a Queen’s ware-

house, and whenever the cargo of any ship has been discharged within the ten

days, with the exception only of a small quantity of goods, the officers of

customs may convey such remaining goods to a Queen’s warehouse, and

likewise at any time may convey any small packages of goods to a Queen’s

23 of 1991.

Accounting for

and disposal of

sum deposited as

estimated duties.

Goods to be taken

to the Queen’s

warehouse in

default of perfect

entry and sold in

certain cases.

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warehouse, although the ten days have not expired, there to be kept waiting the

due entry thereof during the remainder of the ten days, except as hereinafter

mentioned.

(2) If any goods so deposited, being of a perishable nature, are not claimed

forthwith, or not being of a perishable nature are not claimed within six weeks

of the arrival of the ship, and all charges of removal and warehouse rent are not

paid, the goods may be sold, and the proceeds thereof applied first to the

payment of duties, freight and charges, and the surplus, if any, shall be paid to

the proprietor of the goods or his duly authorised agent, and in case such goods

cannot be sold for a sufficient sum to pay the duties and charges, they may, by

direction of the Comptroller, be destroyed.

(3) If the importing ship and goods are liable to the performance of quar-

antine, the time for entry and landing of such goods shall be computed from the

time at which such ship and goods are released from quarantine.

28. No entry or warrant for the landing of any goods, or for the taking of

any goods out of any warehouse or customs area, shall be deemed valid, unless

made in accordance with the customs law.

29. If any goods which are liable to the payment of duty upon the value

thereof receive damage during the voyage, an abatement of the duties may be

allowed in proportion to the damage so received:

Provided that-

(a) due proof is made to the Comptroller that such damage was

received after the goods were shipped in the ship importing

the same, and before they were landed in Belize; and

(b) claim to such abatement of duties is made at the time of the

first examination of such goods.

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Entry to take

goods from

warehouse.

Duty on

damaged goods.

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30.-(1) An officer of customs shall thereupon examine such goods with refer-

ence to such damage, but if the officer of customs is incompetent to estimate

the damage, or if the importer is not satisfied with the abatement made, the

Comptroller may choose two competent merchants, experienced in the nature

and value of such goods, who shall examine them and subscribe a declaration

stating in what proportion, according to their judgment, such goods are less-

ened in value by reason of the damage, and thereupon the Comptroller may

make an abatement of the duties according to the proportion of damages so

declared by such merchants.

(2) The Comptroller may permit the importer or proprietor of the dam-

aged goods to sell them or any part thereof by public auction while in custody

of the officer of customs or the Port Authority and receive duty on the price

realised at such sale instead of on the abatement as before provided.

31. No goods (except ice, livestock, bullion or coin) shall be unshipped

from any ship arriving from parts beyond the seas, or be landed or be put on

shore on Sundays or holidays except with the special permission of the Comp-

troller, nor shall they be so unshipped, landed or put on shore on any other

days except within the legal and specified hours to be fixed by the Comptrol-

ler, unless by special authority of the Comptroller, and then only on depositing

the overtime or other pay due to the officer or officers of customs attending,

nor shall any goods be so unshipped or landed unless in the presence or with

the authority of the proper officer of customs and such goods shall be landed

at some wharf or place duly appointed for the landing of goods and no goods

after having been put into any other ship, boat or lighter to be landed shall be

removed into any other ship, boat or lighter previously to their being duly

landed, without the permission or authority of the proper officer of customs,

and if any such goods shall be unshipped, landed, transhipped or removed

contrary to this Act, they shall be forfeited.

32. If any goods which are hereafter imported are removed from any ship,

wharf or other place previous to examination by the proper officer of customs,

except under the supervision of an officer of customs, or with an authority in

Officers to

examine damage.

17 of 1978.

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writing from such officer and for such purpose as is therein expressed, and in

due conformity therewith, every person who assists or is in anyway concerned

in the removal or knowingly harbours, keeps or conceals, or knowingly permits

or suffers to be harboured, kept or concealed, any such goods, or to whose

hands or possession any such goods knowingly come, shall forfeit for each and

every such several offence either the treble value of the goods or be liable to a

fine not exceeding five hundred dollars at the election of the Comptroller.

33. The unshipping, carrying and landing of all goods and packages, and

the bringing of the same to the proper place for examination or for weighing,

and the putting into and taking out of the scales after weighing, and the opening

and closing of the same and the carriage thereof to any warehouse or customs

area, shall be performed by or at the expense and risk of the importer.

34. If the proper officer of customs places any lock, mark or seal upon any

stores on board any ship in Belize and such lock, mark or seal is wilfully opened,

altered or broken, or if any such stores are unlawfully conveyed away, the

master of the ship shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty

dollars.

35. If any indecent or obscene print, painting, book, card, lithograph or

engraving, or any other indecent or obscene article, or any base or counterfeit

coin is imported into Belize, it shall be immediately forfeited, and shall and may

forthwith be seized by any officer of customs and peremptorily destroyed as

the Comptroller shall direct.

36. No person shall import any spirits, cordials, liqueurs, wines, tobacco

or cigars into any place in Belize except the port of Belize City or such other

port as the Minister may from time to time sanction.

37.-(1) The master of any ship bound from Belize shall before any goods are

laden therein, deliver to the Comptroller an entry outwards signed by such

master in the form of the Third Schedule, or in such other form as the Comp-

troller may from time to time prescribe, and if any goods are laden on board

Importer’s risk to

unship goods.

Breaking seals,

locks, etc.

Seizure of

obscene prints,

etc.

Spirits, cordial,

etc.

40 of 1963.

Entry outwards.

Third Shedule.

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any ship before such entry is made, the master of the ship shall be liable to a

fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars.

(2) Where it is necessary to lade any heavy goods on board any ship

before the whole of the inward cargo is discharged, the Comptroller may issue

an order for that purpose previous to the entry outwards of such ship.

(3) The master shall, before such departure, deliver to the Comptroller a

content in writing signed by him in the form or to the effect of the form in the

Fourth Schedule or in such other form as the Comptroller may from time to

time prescribe, and shall make and subscribe a declaration to the truth of such

content as far as the particulars can be known to him.

(4) The master of every ship bound from Belize in ballast or laden shall

before departure come before the Comptroller or other proper officer of cus-

toms, unless prevented from doing so by reason of illness or of his ship being

in quarantine, or for some reason approved of in writing by the Comptroller, in

which case the agent of the ship shall act in his behalf, and answer any ques-

tions concerning the ship and cargo if any and the crew, passengers and voy-

age, which may be asked him by such officer, and thereupon the Comptroller

or other proper officer of customs shall make out and give to the master a

certificate of the clearance of such ship for her intended voyage in the form of

the Fifth Schedule.

(5) The Comptroller may refuse to grant a certificate of clearance in re-

spect of any ship if he is not satisfied that all dues and charges payable to the

Port Authority on or in respect of that ship have been paid or a sum of money

or guarantee in respect thereof has been deposited with, or given to the Port

Authority under section 39 of the Belize Port Authority Act.

(6) If any ship departs without such clearance, or if the master delivers a

false content, or does not truly answer any question asked him, he shall be

liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

Fourth Schedule.

Fifth Schedule.

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38.-(1) No clearance shall be granted unless all the inward cargo has been duly

accounted for to the satisfaction of the Comptroller, and all other requisites of

the law complied with, and no clearance shall be demanded unless all official

documents connected with the ship have been deposited with the proper of-

ficer before three p.m. of the day on which such clearance is required.

(2) Nothing shall prevent the Comptroller from granting a clearance on any

day, although such papers have been delivered later than three p.m. on that

day.

Entry and Clearance of Goods for Exportation

39.-(1) Before any warehoused goods are permitted to be exported, the ex-

porters shall, except as otherwise provided in section 41 give such security by

bond as the Comptroller requires, that such goods shall be duly shipped and

exported to, and landed at some port out of Belize within such time as the

Comptroller may think reasonable, or otherwise accounted for to his satisfac-

tion.

(2) Any person desirous of exporting any such goods may, subject to the

approval of the Comptroller, give a general bond, with such security, in such

amount, and under such conditions as the Comptroller may require, in lieu of a

separate bond for each exportation.

40. Except as otherwise provided in section 41, no person shall export any

warehoused goods or enter any such goods for exportation in any ship of less

burden than ten tons.

41. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act-

(a) the Minister may authorise any warehoused goods bona fide

intended for the service of any friendly foreign government to

be exported by any such government to any place beyond the

limits of Belize in ships of any burden, and without requiring

Clearance on

accounting for

inward cargo.

Bond to export

goods.

Exporting vessel

must be at least

ten tons.

Provision for

exportation of

warehoused

goods in certain

cases.

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any security by bond for the shipment and exportation of such

goods to be entered into;

(b) the Comptroller may in special cases if satisfied that the rev-

enue will run no risk, authorise any warehoused goods to be

exported to any place beyond the limits of Belize in ships of

any burden and without requiring any security by bond for the

shipment and exportation of such goods to be entered into.

42.-(1) Before any warehoused goods are shipped, or are waterborne to be

shipped to some port out of Belize, the exporter or his agent shall deliver to

the Comptroller a shipping bill in duplicate of such goods in the form of the

Sixth Schedule, or in such form and containing such particulars as the Comp-

troller may from time to time approve and require, and such bill, being duly

signed by the Comptroller or other proper officer of customs, shall be the

warrant for the shipment of such goods.

(2) Before any goods which are liable to customs duties upon export

are put on board any aircraft or ship, or are put into any vessel to be water-

borne, or are water-borne to be put on board any ship for exportation from

any port or place in the country, the owner of the goods, or the person export-

ing the goods or his agent concerned with exportation, shall deliver to the

Comptroller a shipping bill in duplicate of such goods in the form of the Sixth

Schedule, or in such form and containing such particulars as the Comptroller

may from time to time approve and require, and pay the export duty thereon,

and such bill, being duly signed by the Comptroller or other proper officer of

customs, shall be the warrant for the shipment of such goods:

Provided that goods subject to customs duty upon export may be put into

lighters or such vessels and be water-borne, or be put on board an aircraft, for

the purpose of being conveyed to the port for the exportation thereof out of

the country.

Exporting

warehoused

goods.

7 of 1973.

Sixth Schedule.

Payment of

duty on export

of goods.

7 of 1973.

Sixth

Schedule.

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43. No goods upon the export of which bond is required shall be shipped,

or water-borne to be shipped, in order to be exported except at a wharf or

place appointed for the purpose by the Comptroller, and except during the

legal hours appointed for landing goods.

44.-(1) No ship or boat, on board of which any goods are shipped under bond,

or which has on board any other goods for exportation, shall take on board or

carry any goods to be landed within the limits of Belize, or call anywhere within

Belize whilst on her voyage with such goods, without the special written per-

mission of the Comptroller.

(2) The master of every ship or boat who, without reasonable excuse the

proof of which shall lie upon him, acts in contravention of this section shall be

liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, and the ship or boat shall be

liable to be forfeited.

45. If any goods taken out of any warehouse or customs for the purpose of

being exported are not duly exported to parts beyond the limits of Belize, or are

re-landed therein, such goods not having been duly re-landed or short-shipped

under the care of the proper officer of customs, they shall be forfeited, together

with the ship or boat which may have been used in the re-landing or carrying of

such goods, and the exporter of such goods and every person who assists or is

otherwise concerned in the re-landing of such goods, or who knowingly

harbours, conceals or keeps the same, or in whose possession any such goods

are found, shall be liable to forfeit treble the value of such goods, or the sum of

five hundred dollars, at the election of the Comptroller.

46. Any officer of customs may go on board any ship after clearance out-

wards within the limits of any port in Belize, or within one league of the coast

thereof, and may demand the ship’s clearance, and if the master refuses to

produce the same, and to answer such questions concerning the ship, cargo

and intended voyage as may be asked him, he shall be liable to pay a fine not

exceeding twenty-five dollars.

How exports

made.

Regulating the

carriage of

bonded goods.

Penalties on

non-exportation.

Ship’s clearance.

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47. The exporter of goods for which no bond is required shall, within

seven days after the clearance outwards of the exporting ship, either by him-

self or his agent, deliver to the Comptroller a full and particular account of

such goods in such form as the Comptroller may direct, and shall subscribe a

declaration to the truth of such particulars and, in default, the exporter, or his

agent, shall for every such offence be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars.

Coasting Trade

48. All ships trading from one part of Belize to another part thereof shall

be considered as engaged in the coasting trade.

49. No goods shall be carried coastwise in any coasting ship except such

as are so laden to be so carried at some port or place in Belize, and if any

goods are taken into or put out of any coasting ship at sea, or if any coasting

ship touches at any place over the sea or outside the limits of Belize, or devi-

ates from her voyage unless forced by unavoidable circumstances, or if the

master of any coasting ship which has touched at any place over the seas or

outside the limits of Belize does not declare them in writing under his hand to

the Comptroller at the port in Belize where such ship afterwards first arrives,

the master of such ship shall be guilty of an offence and be liable of a fine not

exceeding five hundred dollars.

50. The master of every coasting vessel having goods on board liable to

excise or import duty shall without delay report his arrival at any port to the

Comptroller at such port, and any master failing to do so shall for each such

offence be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars.

51.-(1) The Minister may from time to time-

(a) make rules for regulating-

(i) the importation and exportation by inland carriage

or navigation of any goods which may lawfully be so

Where no bond

goods to be

accounted for.

Coasting trade.

Coasting ship.

Reporting

dutiable goods.

Minister may make

rules for regulating

importation and

exportation by

inland carriage.

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imported or exported, and the form and method of

the entry of such goods;

(ii) the exportation in bond, by inland carriage or naviga-

tion, of any goods from the Queen’s warehouse in

Belize City, and the conditions under which such

exportation will be allowed;

(b) appoint any port or ports, or places on any inland water or

station at or through which only it shall be lawful for goods to

be imported, or exported in bond, by inland carriage or

navigation.

(2) If any goods are imported or exported by inland carriage or navigation

otherwise than in accordance with, or in contravention of any rule made under

this section for regulating such importation or exportation, such goods and any

goods packed therewith, and every ship, boat, pitpan, horse, mule, cart, wagon,

carriage or other vehicle or animal used or employed in connection with such

breach or contravention shall be forfeited.

(3) Every person concerned in, or in any way connected with, such breach

or contravention shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding

five hundred dollars or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years,

or to both such fine and period of imprisonment.

General Provisions relating to Collection

and Management of Customs Duties

52.-(1) There shall be established a Customs Tariff Board (hereinafter referred

to as “the Board”) consisting of a chairman and two members all of whom shall

be appointed by the Minister, and hold office at his pleasure.

(2) The chairman and members of the Board shall hold office for one year,

and shall be eligible for re-appointment.

Establishment

of Customs Tariff

Board to settle

disputes.

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(3) The Board shall decide all disputes referred to it under the provisions

of subsection (5), and all cases of doubtful classification of goods for tariff

purposes in accordance with the rules, section and chapter notes set out in the

First Schedule, and shall transact such other business as the Minister may

from time to time assign to it.

(4) The Board may regulate its own procedure and shall have power to

require and compel the attendance of witnesses, and the production of books,

papers and other documents.

(5) If any dispute shall arise as to the proper rate of duty payable on any

goods imported or exported from Belize, the importer, consignee or exporter,

or his agent, shall deposit in the hands of the Comptroller of Customs the duty

demanded by him.

(6) In the case of any such dispute the importer, consignee or exporter, or

his agent, after having first deposited the duty in accordance with subsection

(5), may within three months after such deposit, appeal to the Customs Tariff

Board established under subsection (1) as to the rate of duty payable and, if

dissatisfied with the decision of the Board thereon, may, within one month

after such decision institute proceedings in the Supreme Court against the

Comptroller of Customs to ascertain the rate of duty payable on the goods,

and if no proceedings are so instituted the decision of the Board shall be final

and conclusive.

(7) On the payment of the deposit, as required by this section and on the

passing of a proper entry or shipping bill for such goods by the importer,

exporter, consignee, or agent, the Comptroller of Customs shall cause deliv-

ery or permit shipment thereof, as the case may be.

(8) All such deposits shall be paid by the Comptroller of Customs to the

Accountant General and, in case no such proceedings shall be brought within

the time limited for that purpose, such deposit shall be retained and paid into

the Consolidated Revenue Fund in the same manner as if it had been originally

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paid and received as the duty due on such goods; and in the case of such

proceedings if it shall be determined that the duty so deposited was not the

proper duty, but that a lesser duty was payable, the difference between the

deposit and the duty found to be due, or the whole deposit, as the case may

require, shall be returned to such importer or exporter.

53. All bonds relating to the Customs required to be given in respect of

goods or ships shall be taken by the Comptroller for the use of the Government

of Belize, and after the expiration of the time, if any, limited therein for the

performance of the condition thereof, every such bond upon which no pros-

ecution or suit has been commenced shall be void and may be cancelled and

destroyed.

54. All bonds given by persons under the age of eighteen years in pursu-

ance of the provisions contained in this Act shall be valid and effectual to all

intents and purposes, anything in any law or custom to the contrary in anyway

notwithstanding.

55.-(1) It shall be lawful for all officers of customs to take such samples of any

goods imported as are necessary for ascertaining the amount of any duties

payable on them, and also for the Comptroller to permit reasonable moderate

samples in his discretion to be taken of any goods warehoused without pay-

ment of duty.

(2) If such samples are not duly claimed and removed within one month

after they have been taken, they shall be sold as the Comptroller may direct and

the proceeds thereof, after payment of all expenses, shall be paid to the Gov-

ernment of Belize for the public uses of Belize.

56. The Minister may, from time to time appoint any port within Belize, and

declare the limits thereof, and appoint proper places within it to be legal wharves

for the lading and unlading of goods, and define the bounds and extent of any

such wharves upon which particular goods may be laden and unladen, and

revoke any such appointment from time to time, and appoint any new place or

Bonds.

Bonds of

infants valid.

Duty ascertained

by samples.

Ports and

landing places.

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places within any port or ports to be a legal wharf or wharves for the lading or

unlading of goods.

57.-(1) Where any goods are imported, exported, carried or otherwise dealt

with contrary to the provisions of this Act, they shall be forfeited, and, subject

to subsection (2) below, the master of any ship or the driver of any vehicle or

the captain of any aircraft in which they are so imported, exported, carried or

otherwise dealt with shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary con-

viction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a

term not exceeding three years, or to both such fine and term of imprisonment,

except where any higher penalty is specially imposed.

(2) At the trial of the master of the ship, or the driver of the vehicle, or the

captain of the aircraft for an offence under subsection (1) above, it shall be

necessary for the prosecution to prove that such master, driver or captain

knew or believed that the goods were being imported, exported, carried or

otherwise dealt with contrary to the provisions of this Act, or that he failed to

take reasonable precautions to ensure that the goods were not so imported,

exported, carried or otherwise dealt with.

58. The stores of any ship arriving at or departing from Belize shall be

subject to the same duties and regulations as the like sort of goods are subject

to, when imported by way of merchandise; unless duty has previously been

paid on them.

59. If any declaration required to be made by this or any other customs

law is untrue in any particular, or if any person required by any such law to

answer questions put to him by the officer of customs touching certain matters,

does not truly answer such questions, the person making such declaration or

answering such questions shall, over and above any other penalty to which he

may be subject, be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

60. All goods deposited in any warehouse or place of security under any

law for the warehousing of goods, without payment of duty upon the first

Forfeiture of

goods.

18 of 1994.

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ship’s stores.

False declarations.

Goods for home

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importation thereof, or which may be imported and on board any ship, shall,

upon being entered for home consumption, be subject to such and the like

duties as may at the time of passing such entry be due and payable on the like

sort of goods under any customs law in force at the time of passing such entry,

except in cases where special provision is made by such law to the contrary.

61.-(1) No kerosene oil or goods of a combustible, inflammable or perishable

nature shall be brought into or deposited in the Queen’s warehouse.

(2) If any such goods are landed or permitted to be landed by the officers

of customs they may be deposited in any other available place that the Comp-

troller may think fit, and whilst so deposited they shall be deemed to be in the

Queen’s warehouse and be liable to be dealt with, at the expiration of fourteen

days, in the same manner as goods of a perishable nature actually deposited in

the Queen’s warehouse, unless duly cleared or warehoused in some approved

warehouse in the meantime.

(3) Such goods shall be chargeable with such expenses for securing,

watching and guarding them until sold, cleared or warehoused as aforesaid, as

the Comptroller sees fit, and neither the Comptroller nor any officer of customs

shall be liable to make good any damage which such goods may sustain by

reason, or during the time, of their being so deposited or dealt with as men-

tioned in subsection (2).

62.-(1) Any importer of gunpowder may warehouse it in the government

powder magazine without payment of duty on the first entry thereof, subject to

the rules and regulations at any time in force with respect to goods warehoused

in the Queen’s warehouse, or to any rules and regulations to be made by the

Minister.

(2) For the gunpowder so warehoused the importer shall pay warehouse

rent as follows, or such other rent as the Comptroller with the approval of the

Minister may from time to time charge:

Inflammable

goods.

Warehousing

of gunpowder.

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(a) for each barrel of one hundred pounds, per month, or part

of a month, twenty-five cents.

(b) for each smaller package in proportion.

63. Goods abandoned by the importer or proprietor as not worth the

duty, may be disposed of or destroyed within such time and in such manner as

the Comptroller may direct, at the cost and charges of such importer or pro-

prietor.

64.-(1) It shall be lawful for the Minister from time to time by notice in the

Gazette to appoint the ports in Belize which shall be warehousing ports for

the purposes of this Act for the due keeping and preservation of goods with-

out payment of duty on the first entry thereof, and any such goods, while in any

warehouse, and all goods whatever while in any customs areas, shall be sub-

ject to such regulations as may be made under this Act.

(2) The importer of goods may warehouse them in the Queen’s ware-

houses, Port Authority’s warehouses or in any customs area in the occupation

or use of the Government, without payment of duty on first entry thereof,

subject to the payment by the owner of such goods, at the prescribed times, of

such rent and other charges as the Comptroller may prescribe under this Act.

65.-(1) The Comptroller may, from time to time by notice in the Gazette,

appoint any suitable building or place as a private warehouse or customs area

for the due keeping and preservation of goods without payment of duty on

first entry thereof, and may revoke, alter or vary such appointment for good

cause shown.

(2) No building or place shall be used as a private warehouse or as a

customs area until a bond, in such sum as may from time to time in each case

be required by the Comptroller, is given by the warehouse-keeper, or by the

owner or occupier of the customs area, as the case may be, with one or more

sufficient sureties, conditioned on the payment of all duties and the due obser-

Private

warehouses and

customs areas

and their

regulation.

40 of 1963.

40 of 1963.

Abandoned

goods.

Warehousing.

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vance of the customs laws.

(3) The Comptroller may demand a written explanation of any warehouse-

keeper or his servant employed in a private warehouse in order to investigate

any matter affecting the administration and control of such private warehouse.

(4) In any case where the Comptroller is not satisfied with a written expla-

nation given under subsection (3), or where no such explanation has been given,

such person or persons as the Minister shall appoint may institute any inquiry

into the matter, and may require the attendance of any person, at the place of

inquiry, to give evidence in regard to the matters under inquiry and any matters

relating thereto, and every such person so summoned who neglects to attend,

or who refuses to answer any question put to him shall be liable to a fine not

exceeding one hundred dollars.

(5) No action shall be brought against the Crown or any of its officers for

loss of or damage to any goods while in any private warehouse or private

customs area or for any wrongful or improper delivery of goods therefrom.

(6) The owner or occupier of any customs area or a warehousekeeper

shall not by himself or by any person in his employ open or gain access to any

building in a customs area or private warehouse except in the presence or with

the knowledge and consent of an officer of customs acting in the execution of

his duty.

(7) The owner or occupier of any private warehouse or customs area shall

provide such office facilities and other accommodation and weights and scales

for examining and taking an account of goods as the Comptroller may require

and shall secure such goods to the satisfaction of the Comptroller.

(8) The owner or occupier of any private warehouse or customs area shall

pay such annual licence fee as the Comptroller, with the approval of the Minis-

ter, may from time to time direct by notice in the Gazette.

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66. If any goods entered to be warehoused are not duly carried and de-

posited in the warehouse or customs area in pursuance of such entry, such

goods shall be forfeited and the importer shall, in addition to the duty payable

on such goods, be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

67. Upon entry and landing of any goods to be warehoused, the proper

officer of customs shall take a particular account of the same, and shall enter

them in a book to be kept for that purpose, and no goods which have been so

warehoused shall be taken or delivered from any warehouse or customs area

except upon due entry and under the care of the proper officer for exporta-

tion, or upon due entry and payment of the duty for home use.

68.-(1) All goods which are warehoused in the Queen’s warehouse shall be

duly cleared for exportation within six months from the day on which they

were so warehoused, or within such further period and in such cases and upon

such conditions as the Comptroller may direct.

(2) If any warehoused goods are not fully cleared or exported at the

expiration of six months from the warehousing thereof, or within such further

period as is directed by the Comptroller, the Comptroller may cause them to

be sold by public auction, either for home consumption, if worth the duty due

thereon, or for exportation, and the proceeds thereof shall be applied to the

payment of the duties, if sold for home consumption, warehouse rent and

charges, and the surplus, if any, shall be paid to the owner or proprietor of

such goods, or other person duly authorised to receive them.

(3) If such goods are not worth the duty due thereon, or on being offered

for sale are not sold, then they may be destroyed with or without the concur-

rence of the owner thereof, or otherwise dealt with as the Comptroller may

direct.

69. If any goods entered or warehoused, or entered to be delivered from

any warehouse or customs area are lost or destroyed by any unavoidable

accident either on ship board or in the landing or shipping of the same, or in the

Removal of

warehoused

goods.

Accounts of

warehoused

goods.

Power to sell

goods after six

months in

warehouse.

17 of 1978.

17 of 1978.

Lost and

destroyed

goods.

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receiving into or delivery from any warehouse or customs area, the Minister

may remit or return the duties payable or paid on the quantities of such goods

so lost or destroyed.

70.-(1) It shall be lawful for the Comptroller or for the proprietor or importer

of any spirits, tobacco or other goods which are in his opinion liable to fluctua-

tion in quantity by the effect of the atmosphere or other natural causes to re-

quire the same to be re-gauged, re-measured or re-weighed by the proper

officer of customs at the time when the same is respectively delivered from any

warehouse or customs area, and the duties respectively payable thereon by

such proprietor or importer shall be paid according to the quantity so ascer-

tained, unless it is mutually agreed by and between the said parties that the said

duties shall be paid on the quantities originally entered.

(2) The gauge, measurement or weight of any such goods ascertained by a

proper officer of customs under this section shall be conclusive on all parties.

71. Goods warehoused at any warehousing port of Belize, being first duly

entered, may be delivered under the authority of the Comptroller, without pay-

ment of duty, for the purpose of removal to another port of Belize, under bond

to the satisfaction of such officer for the due arrival and re-warehousing of such

goods at such other port or for the payment of all duties due upon such goods,

or to be otherwise accounted for to the satisfaction of the Comptroller.

72.-(1) In case of any embezzlement, waste, spoil or destruction of any goods

warehoused under the authority of this Act, by or through the wilful misconduct

of any officer of customs, such officer of customs shall be deemed guilty of a

misdemeanour, and shall upon conviction suffer such punishment as may be

inflicted by law in cases of misdemeanour.

(2) If such officer is prosecuted to conviction by the importer, consignee or

proprietor of such goods, no duty shall be payable on or in respect of such

goods, and no forfeiture or seizure shall take place of any goods so ware-

housed in respect of any deficiency caused by such embezzlement, waste, spoil

Duties on spirits

and tobacco.

Removal of

goods.

Misconduct

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or destruction of such goods.

(3) The damages occasioned by such waste, spoil or destruction of such

goods shall be repaid, and made good to such importer, consignee or propri-

etor under such regulations and directions as are for that purpose made and

given by the Minister.

73. If any importer or proprietor of any goods warehoused, or any per-

son by any contrivance fraudulently opens any warehouse or customs area, or

gains access to the goods therein, such importer, proprietor or other person

shall forfeit and pay for every such offence five hundred dollars, and all goods

liable to duty which are found in the act of being removed, or are removed

without a legal warrant for them, shall be deemed to be goods respectively

liable to and unshipped without payment of duty, unless the person in whose

possession they are found and seized proves to the contrary.

74. No goods shall be cleared from any warehouse or customs area, ei-

ther for home consumption or for exportation, in less quantity than the entire

package of such goods originally warehoused, and if for home consumption,

in quantity the duty on which will amount to less than five dollars.

75. With the sanction of the Comptroller and under such regulations and

restrictions as he from time to time requires and directs, and on payment of

such fees as the Comptroller, with the approval of the Minister from time to

time directs, it shall be lawful for the importer or proprietor, in any warehouse,

other than a warehouse in the custody of the Port Authority, to sort, separate,

pack and repack any goods whether intended for exportation or for con-

sumption or use in Belize.

76. No compensation shall be made by the Customs to any importer,

proprietor or consignee of any goods by reason of any loss or damage occa-

sioned thereto in the Queen’s warehouse by fire or other inevitable accident.

40 of 1963.

Fraudulent

opening of

warehouses.

Clearing goods.

Re-sorting and

packing goods.

40 of 1963.

17 of 1978.

Fire or inevitable

accident.

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77. If, after any goods have been duly entered or landed to be warehoused

and before they are actually deposited in the Queen’s warehouse, the importer

further enters them or any part thereof for home use or exportation, the goods

so entered shall be considered as virtually and constructively warehoused, al-

though not actually deposited in the Queen’s warehouse, and may be delivered

and taken for home use or exportation as the case may be.

Searches, Examinations, Detentions, Seizures and Forfeitures

78. All ships and boats belonging in whole or in part to any of Her Majesty’s

subjects, having false bulkheads, false bows, double sides or bottoms, or any

secret or disguised place whatever in the construction of any ship or boat in-

tended to be used for the purpose of concealing goods, or having any hole,

pipe or other device in or about such ship or boat to be used for the purpose of

running goods, shall be liable to forfeiture with all the guns, furniture, ammuni-

tion, tackle and apparel belonging to such ship or boat.

79. No person shall, without the sanction of the Comptroller, go or remain

alongside any ship in any boat or lighter for the purpose of landing cargo until

due report of such ship has been made, and every person who acts in contra-

vention of this section shall upon conviction thereof be liable to a fine not ex-

ceeding fifty dollars.

80. If any goods liable to the payment of duties are unshipped from any

ship or boat in Belize, customs or other duties not being first paid or secured, or

if any uncustomed goods whatever which are warehoused or otherwise se-

cured in Belize either for home consumption or exportation, are clandestinely

or illegally removed from or out of any warehouse or place of security, then and

in every such case all such goods so removed shall be forfeited, and all ships

and boats, and all horses and other animals and carriages and things made use

of in the removal of such goods shall be liable to forfeiture.

Warehoused

goods.

False bulkheads.

Boats alongside.

Unshipping

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duty paid.

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81. If any goods subject to the payment of duty are found or discovered

to have been concealed in any manner on board any ship or boat within the

limits of Belize, or are found, either before or after landing, to have been con-

cealed in any manner on board such ship or boat within such limits as afore-

said, then and in every such case all such goods shall be forfeited, and all such

other goods which are packed with and used in concealing them with the

connivance of the owner, shall be liable to forfeiture.

82. If any person imports or causes to be imported goods of one denomi-

nation concealed in packages of goods of any other denomination, or any

package containing goods not corresponding with the entry thereof, or di-

rectly or indirectly imports, or causes to be imported or entered, any package

of goods as of one denomination, which is afterwards discovered either be-

fore or after delivery thereof to contain other goods, or goods subject to a

higher rate or amount of duty than those of the denomination by which such

package or the goods in such package were entered, the package and the

goods therein shall be forfeited, and such person shall be liable to a fine not

exceeding five hundred dollars or forfeit treble the value of the goods con-

tained in such package, at the election of the Comptroller.

83. All goods liable to duty which are found in the process of being re-

moved without a legal warrant for the same, shall be deemed to be goods

respectively liable to and unshipped without payment of duty, unless the per-

son in whose possession they are found or seized proves to the contrary.

84. All ships, boats and goods whatever liable to forfeiture under any

customs law may be seized in any place, either on land or water, by any ap-

propriate officer or by any officer of the Belize Defence Force Maritime Wing,

Port Authority, Fisheries Unit, customs, or by any person having authority

from the Minister to seize, and any ships, boats and goods seized shall, as

soon as conveniently may be, be delivered into the care of the proper officer

appointed to receive the same.

Concealed goods.

Goods concealed

in packages of

goods subject to

lower duty.

Goods illegally

removed.

Persons

authorised to

make seizures.

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85.-(1) It shall be lawful for any appropriate officer duly employed in the

prevention of smuggling, or for the Comptroller or other proper officer of cus-

toms to search any person either on board of, or who has landed from, any ship

or boat if such officer has probable cause to suspect that such person has

uncustomed or prohibited goods secreted about his person.

(2) Every person who obstructs any officer mentioned in subsection (1) in

searching, or rescues, destroys or attempts to destroy any goods to prevent

seizure, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars.

(3) If no such goods are found on such person, the officer so searching,

having had probable cause to suspect that such person had uncustomed or

prohibited goods secreted about his person, shall not, on account of the search,

be liable to any prosecution, action or other proceeding.

86.-(1) If any passenger or other person on board any ship or boat, or who has

landed therefrom, upon being questioned by any officer of customs whether he

has any uncustomed or prohibited goods upon his person or in his possession

denies it, and any such goods after such denial are discovered upon his person

or in his possession, such goods shall be forfeited and such person shall forfeit

treble the value of such goods.

(2) All passengers arriving at Belize City from parts beyond the seas shall

land their baggage, if any, at such place or places as may be prescribed by the

Minister unless permission is granted them by an officer of customs to land it

elsewhere.

87. It shall be lawful for any officer of customs or any person acting under

the direction of the Minister having a writ of assistance under the hand of a

judge of the Supreme Court and the seal of the Supreme Court, or any warrant

issued by a magistrate, with or without a police officer or other peace officer, or

for the Comptroller without such writ of assistance or warrant, to enter into and

search any house, shop, cellar, warehouse, room or other place and, in case of

resistance, to break open doors, chests, trunks and other packages, there to

Power to search

the person.

Penalties.

Searching

houses.

40 of 1963.

40 of 1963.

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seize and thence to bring any uncustomed, forfeited or prohibited goods, and

to put and secure them in the Queen’s warehouse.

88. All writs of assistance issued under section 87 shall continue and be in

force during the whole of the reign in which such writs are granted and issued,

and for six months from the conclusion of such reign.

89. If any goods subject to forfeiture under any customs law are stopped

or taken by any police officer or other person, such goods shall be conveyed

to the Custom House nearest to the place where such goods were stopped or

taken and there delivered to the proper officer appointed to receive them,

within a reasonable time after the said goods were stopped or taken, and in

case any police officer or other person as aforesaid stopping such goods ne-

glects to have them conveyed to such Custom House within a reasonable

time, such officer or other person shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one

hundred and fifty dollars.

90. If any person liable to be detained under the provisions of any cus-

toms law is not detained at the time of committing the offence for which he is

liable, or after detention makes his escape, it shall be lawful for any Belize

Defence Force Maritime Wing officer, or for any officer of customs or police

officer, or any other person acting in any of their aid or assistance, or duly

employed for the prevention of smuggling, to detain such person so liable to

detention at any time afterwards, and to take him before a summary jurisdic-

tion court to be dealt with as if detained at the time of committing the said

offence.

91. It shall be lawful for any officer of customs or police officer, or any

person acting in his aid and assistance, or duly employed for the prevention of

smuggling upon reasonable suspicion to stop and examine any cart, wagon or

carriage for the purpose of ascertaining whether any smuggled, prohibited or

forfeited goods are contained therein, and if no such goods are found, then

and in such case the officer or other person so stopping and examining such

Writs of

assistance.

Seizures taken to

Custom Houses.

Detaining

on escapes.

Stopping carts,

etc., search.

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cart, wagon or carriage, having had probable cause to suspect that smuggled,

prohibited or forfeited goods were contained therein, shall not on account of

such stoppage and search, be liable to any prosecution or action at law on

account thereof, and all persons driving or conducting such cart, wagon or

carriage, refusing to stop when required to do so in the name of the Govern-

ment of Belize, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

Prevention of Smuggling

92. Where any ship or boat is found within the limits of Belize and does not

bring to upon signal made by any ship or boat in the service of the Government

of Belize or in the service of the Customs hoisting and carrying the proper

pendant and ensign or the Custom House flag, in order to bring such ship or

boat to, and thereupon chase is given, or if any person on board such ship or

boat so chased, during the chase or before such ship or boat brings to, throws

overboard any part of the lading of such ship or boat, or staves or destroys any

part of such lading to prevent seizure thereof, then and in every such case the

ship or boat shall be forfeited.

93. In case any ship or boat liable to seizure or examination under any

customs law or any law for the prevention of smuggling, shall not bring to on

being required to do so, on being chased by any ship or boat in the service of

the Government of Belize, or by any ship or boat duly employed for the pre-

vention of smuggling, such ship or boat respectively hoisting and carrying a

proper pendant and ensign or Custom House flag, it shall be lawful for the

captain, master or other person having the charge or command of such ship or

boat in the service of the Government of Belize or employed for the prevention

of smuggling, first causing a gun to be fired as a signal, to fire at or into any such

ship or boat, and such captain, master or other person acting in his aid or

assistance, or by his direction, shall be and is hereby fully indemnified and dis-

charged from any and every indictment, information, prosecution, penalty, ac-

tion or other proceeding for so doing and from all the consequences thereof.

Bringing to

ships, etc.

Firing into vessel.

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94. If any ship or boat whatever is found within the limits of Belize with a

cargo on board and such ship or boat is afterwards found light or in ballast,

and the master is unable to give a due account of the port or place where such

ship or boat has legally discharged her cargo, the ship or boat, with her guns,

furniture, ammunition, tackle and apparel shall be forfeited.

95. All ships, lighters, boats, vessels, aircraft, vehicles, or animals made

use of in the removal, carriage or conveyance of any goods liable to forfeiture

under any customs law shall be liable to forfeiture.

96.-(1) All persons assembled to the number of three or more for the purpose

of unshipping, carrying, conveying or concealing any uncustomed, prohibited

or forfeited goods shall be guilty of an offence against this section.

(2) Every person who-

(a) by any means procures, hires or induces any persons to

assemble for any of the purposes set out in subsection (1); or

(b) in any manner obstructs any appropriate officer of the

Government of Belize, or any officer of Customs or police

officer, or any person acting in aid or assistance of any of

them or duly employed for the prevention of smuggling, in the

execution of his duty, or in the due seizure of any goods liable

to forfeiture under any customs laws; or

(c) rescues or causes to be rescued any goods which have been

seized, or attempts or endeavours so to do; or

(d) before, at or after, any seizure staves, breaks or otherwise

destroys any goods to prevent the seizure thereof or the

securing of the same,

shall be guilty of an offence against this section.

Ships found light.

Ships removing

goods.

17 of 1978.

Penalty for

assembling to

smuggle, etc.

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(3) Every person who is guilty of an offence against this section shall be

liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, or to imprisonment for a

period not exceeding three years, or to both such fine and period of imprison-

ment.

97. If any persons to the number of two or more, armed with firearms or

other offensive weapons, or disguised in any way, are within Belize, assembled

in order to be aiding or assisting in the illegal landing, running or carrying away

of any prohibited or forfeited goods, or any goods liable to any duties which

have not been paid or secured, or in rescuing or taking away any such goods as

aforesaid after seizure from the officer of customs or other officer authorised to

seize them, or from any person employed by or assisting them, or from the

place where they have been lodged by them, or in rescuing any person who has

been apprehended for any of the offences made felony by any customs law, or

in preventing the apprehension of any person who has been guilty of such of-

fence, or in case any persons to the number of two or more so armed as afore-

said, are, within Belize, aiding or assisting, or if any person or persons wilfully

shoot at any ship or boat belonging to or registered in Belize, or in the service of

the Customs, every person so offending and every person aiding, abetting or

assisting therein, shall on being convicted thereof be adjudged guilty of felony

and shall be liable at the discretion of the court before whom he is convicted, to

be sentenced to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding ten years.

98. If any person assaults, or by force and violence resists, opposes,

molests, hinders or obstructs any appropriate officer of the Government of

Belize, or any officer of customs or police officer, or other person acting in any

of their aid or assistance, or duly employed for the prevention of smuggling, in

the due execution of any of their offices or duties, such person being convicted

thereof shall be sentenced to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding two

years at the discretion of the court before whom the offender is tried and con-

victed.

99. All ships and boats and all goods whatever which are seized and

condemned for a breach of any law relating to the customs shall be disposed of

Running goods

with arms.

Obstructing

and assaulting

officers.

Disposal of

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as soon as conveniently may be after the condemnation thereof in such manner

as the Comptroller directs.

Goods in Transit (Duty Exemption)

100. Subject to the observance by the transit agent of all the provisions

of the customs laws, or the conditions of any bond and of the provisions of

this Act and any regulations made thereunder-

(a) no import and no export duty shall be charged on any goods in

transit;

(b) the provisions of the Customs and Excise Duties Act,

and of any other Act which imposes a tax on goods

imported into or exported from Belize, shall not apply to

goods in transit;

unless the Comptroller has reasonable grounds to suppose that any defi-

ciency in any such goods has arisen from illegal abstraction in which case

duty and any tax payable shall be paid on such deficiency by the transit

agent.

101. Goods in transit shall be liable to such charges, commensurate with

administration expenses entailed, as the Minister may by order prescribe.

102. The transit agent shall, before the clearance outwards of the ship

whereby goods in transit are to be exported-

(a) deliver to the Comptroller an entry in such form and con-

taining such particulars as the Minister may by regulations

prescribe;

(b) produce to the Comptroller the bill of lading relating to such

Goods in transit

exempt from duty

and tax.

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Charges for

administration

expenses.

40 of 1963.

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transit agent.

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goods;

(c) pay to the Comptroller the charges imposed on such goods

by any order made under section 101 of this Act.

Prohibited and Restricted Goods

103.-(1) The Minister may by Order published in the Gazette prohibit the

exportation or importation of any goods.

(2) Without prejudice to any Order made under subsection (1)-

(a) any goods the importation or exportation of which is for the

time being prohibited by or under any other enactment, order,

rule, regulation or notification shall be deemed to be goods so

prohibited under this Act and may be dealt with accordingly;

(b) any goods the importation or exportation of which is for the

time being subject to any conditions or restrictions imposed

by or under any other enactment, order, rule, regulation or

notification shall be deemed to be goods so restricted, or sub-

jected to such conditions, under this Act and any goods im-

ported or exported contrary to any such condition or restric-

tion shall be treated as prohibited goods under this Act and

may be dealt with accordingly.

104. Prohibited goods on board a ship calling at any port in Belize, but

intended for and consigned to some port or place outside Belize, shall not be

deemed to be unlawfully imported into Belize if the goods are specified on the

ship’s manifest and are not transshipped or landed here, or are transhipped or

landed by authority of the Minister.

105. The power of prohibiting the importation of any goods shall include

importation or exportation, as the case may be, subject to any specified condi-

Entry before

clearance by

transit agent.

38 of 1963.

11 of 1987.

Certain goods

on board ship

not to be deemed

unlawfully

imported.

40 of 1963.

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exportation may

be subject to

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tions or restrictions, and goods imported or exported contrary to any such

conditions or restrictions shall be treated as prohibited imports or exports.

106. If any goods are imported or exported contrary to sections 103, 104

and 105, or to any proclamation made or to be made hereafter, all such goods

shall be forfeited and the importer or exporter, as the case may be, in addition

to such forfeiture shall, on summary conviction, be liable to a fine not exceed-

ing one thousand dollars.

Offences and Penalties

107. When any ship arrives within the limits of any port in Belize and fails to

bring to on being approached and hailed or otherwise signalled by any boat

belonging to the Government of Belize or the Customs hoisting and carrying

the Custom House flag, the master of that ship shall be liable to a fine not

exceeding five hundred dollars.

108. Every importer, agent or other person entering any goods who fails to

comply with the requirements of the customs law applicable to the goods

entered by him shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding

one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months,

or to both such fine and term of imprisonment, and in addition, all such goods

in respect of which the offence was committed shall be forfeited.

109. Every person who makes or causes to be made any such entry of any

goods, not being duly authorised thereto by the proprietor or consignee of

such goods, shall for every such offence be liable on summary conviction to a

fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.

110. If the proper officer of customs places any lock, mark or seal upon

any goods taken from any warehouse or customs area without payment of

duty on board any ship, and such lock, mark or seal is wilfully opened, altered

or broken, or if any such goods are unlawfully removed from such ship, the

master shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a fine not exceeding five

Penalty clause.

Bringing to.

Penalty for

non-compliance

with law as

to entry.

18 of 1994.

Unauthorised

entries.

Penalty on

breaking seal,

lock, etc.

conditions.

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hundred dollars.

111. Every person who-

(a) counterfeits, falsifies, or wilfully uses when counterfeited or

falsified any document required by this Act or any other law

relating to the Customs, or any instrument used in the transac-

tion of any business or matter relating to the Customs; or

(b) alters any such document or instrument after the same has

been officially issued; or

(c) counterfeits the seal, signature, initials, or other mark of, or

used by, any officer of customs for the verification of any such

document or instrument or for the security of goods or any

other purpose in the conduct of business relating to the Cus-

toms,

shall for each and every such offence be liable on summary conviction to a fine

not exceeding five hundred dollars.

112.-(1) Every person who-

(a) imports or brings, or assists or is otherwise concerned in

importing or bringing, any prohibited or restricted goods,

contrary to any prohibition or restriction imposed under

this Act, whether the same is unshipped or not; or

(b) unships, transports or assists or is otherwise concerned in

the unshipping or transporting of, any goods which are

prohibited or restricted and imported contrary to any

prohibition or restriction imposed under this Act, whether

the same are unshipped or not; or

Penalties for

false papers.

14 of 1968.

Illegally

importing,

unshipping, etc.

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(c) unships, transports or assists or is otherwise concerned in

the unshipping or transporting of, any goods liable to duty,

the duties for which have not been paid or secured; or

(d) illegally removes or withdraws, or assists or is otherwise

concerned in the illegal removal or withdrawal of, any

goods from any warehouse or other place of security in

which they have been deposited; or

(e) knowingly harbours, keeps or conceals, or knowingly

permits or suffers or causes or procures to be har-

boured, kept or concealed, any prohibited, restricted or

uncustomed goods, or any goods which have been

illegally removed without payment of duty from any

warehouse or place of security in which they have been

deposited; or

(f) is in any way knowingly concerned in carrying, removing,

concealing or in any manner dealing with any such goods;

or

(g) is in any way knowingly concerned in any fraudulent

evasion or attempt at evasion of any duties of customs,

or of the laws and restrictions of the Customs relating to

the importation, exportation, unshipping, landing and

delivery of goods, or otherwise contrary to the customs

law,

shall be guilty of an offence and on summary conviction shall forfeit to the

Comptroller-

(a) if the customs value of the goods (that is to say, the value on

importation before the payment of customs and other duties)

is less than two thousand dollars, three times the customs

17 of 1978.

18 of 1999.

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duties and other rates and charges payable on importation, or

the sum of two thousand dollars, whichever is the greater; and

(b) if the customs value of the goods as determined aforesaid is

two thousand dollars or more but is less than five thousand

dollars, three times the customs duties and other rates and

charges payable on importation, or the sum of five thousand

dollars;

(c) if the customs value of the goods determined as aforesaid is

five thousand dollars or more, three times the customs duties

and other rates and charges payable on importation, or the

sum of twenty thousand dollars, whichever is the greater;

and in either case, in default of payment of such sum to the Comptroller within

such time as may be allowed by the Court, be liable to imprisonment for a term

not exceeding five years.

(2) In this section-,

“prohibited” means prohibited under the provisions of this Act;

“restricted” means restricted under the provisions of this Act.

(3) The offender may either be detained or proceeded against by informa-

tion and summons.

(4) The court may in addition to any fine or forfeiture imposed under sub-

section (1) of this section order that any goods in respect of which the offence

was committed, and any aircraft, vehicle, vessel or animal used or employed in

the transportation of such goods, shall be forfeited.

113. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act or any

other law, but subject to section 128, where it appears to the Comptroller that

18 of 1994.

Power of

Comptroller to

make out-of-

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having regard to the nature of the evidence and all other circumstances, it

would be expedient to make an out-of-court settlement with the importer or

other person importing or attempting to import the goods, he may, after con-

sultation with the Solicitor General and with the prior approval of the Financial

Secretary, make such settlement in lieu of commencing or continuing court

proceedings, and such settlement may be for a sum less than what would

otherwise be recoverable in court:

Provided that it shall not be necessary to consult with the Solicitor Gen-

eral or to seek the approval of the Financial Secretary if the out-of-court

settlement does not involve mitigation or reduction of any fine, penalty or for-

feiture.

114.-(1) In all cases where any penalty, the amount of which is at any time to

be ascertained by the value of any goods, is directed to be sued for by any

customs law, such value shall, as regards the proceedings in any court in Bel-

ize, be taken to be the customs value before the payment of duties and other

rates and charges payable on importation of such goods.

(2) In this section and section 112, “customs value” means the c.i.f.

value, that is to say, the value inclusive of cost, insurance and freight only.

115. Every person who, contrary to section 102, neglects or refuses to

deliver the entry or to produce the bill of lading thereby required to be deliv-

ered and produced to the Comptroller or who delivers an entry that is false in

any material particular shall be liable for each offence to a fine not exceeding

five hundred dollars and in default to imprisonment for a term not exceeding

six months.

116. Where it comes to the knowledge of the Comptroller that any person

liable to pay customs duties on any goods has not been assessed or has been

assessed at an amount less than that which ought to have been charged, the

Comptroller may within three years of his becoming so aware, assess such

person at such amount or additional amount, as according to his best judg-

Valuation of

goods for

assessing

penalties.

18 of 1998.

Penalty.

Additional

assessments

of duties.

18 of 1999.

court settlement.

18 of 1998.

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ment ought to have been charged, and the provisions of this Act as to notice of

assessment, appeal and other proceedings under this Act shall apply to such

assessment or additional assessment and to the duties charged thereunder.

117.-(1) Notwithstanding any rule of law or practice to the contrary, it shall be

lawful for the Comptroller to authorise any person to act as an agent for the

purpose of detecting corruption or the evasion of customs duties or the com-

mission of any other customs or related offences, and the evidence of such a

person shall be valid and effectual for all purposes and shall be receivable in all

courts in Belize.

(2) An agent shall not be treated as an accomplice for the purpose of the

law on corroboration.

(3) The fact that a crime has been induced by the activities of an agent

shall not be treated as a mitigating factor on sentence by any court.

Procedure for Recovery of Penalties

118.-(1) Where any act or default in relation to any matter of customs is, apart

from the provisions of this Act, a felony or misdemeanour, proceedings for the

punishment of any person in respect thereof may be taken on indictment, not-

withstanding that such act or default has been made an offence under this Act.

(2) Unless the contrary is in any case provided, all proceedings for the

recovery of any fine, penalty or forfeiture under this Act shall be taken under the

Summary Jurisdiction Acts in the name or on behalf of the Comptroller.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, the Crown may

recover, by civil proceedings under any law for the time being in force relating

to proceedings by the Crown, all duties, charges, penalties, fines and forfeitures

recoverable, imposed or incurred under this Act.

119.-(1) No writ of certiorari shall issue out of the Supreme Court to remove

Use of agent.

18 of 1998.

Proceedings for

the punishment

of offenders and

the recovery of

fines, etc.

CAP. 98.

CAP. 99.

Writs of

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any proceeding from or before any summary jurisdiction court in respect of

any matter arising under any customs law, nor shall any writ of habeas corpus

issue to bring up the body of any person who has been convicted before any

summary jurisdiction court under any such law, unless the party against whom

such proceedings are directed, or who has been so convicted, or his attorney

or agent, states, in any affidavit in writing to be duly sworn and filed, the grounds

of objection to such proceedings or conviction, and upon the return of such

writ of certiorari or habeas corpus, no objection shall be taken or consid-

ered other than those stated in such affidavit.

(2) A summary jurisdiction court shall amend any information, convic-

tion or warrant of commitment, in form or substance, and, if necessary, pre-

pare a fresh conviction or warrant of commitment for any offence under any

such law, at any time whether before or after conviction, or before or after

such certiorari or habeas corpus is issued, or before or after such conviction

has been returned.

120. All ships, boats, aircraft, vessels, vehicles, animals and goods which

are seized as forfeited under any customs law, shall be deemed and be taken

to be condemned to all intents as if condemned by a competent court, unless

the person from whom such ships, boats, aircraft, vessels, vehicles, animals or

goods have been seized, or the owner of them, or any person authorised by

him, within one month from the day of the seizing of the same, gives notice in

writing to the Comptroller that he claims the ship, boat, aircraft, vessel,

vehicle, animal or goods.

121. If any ship, boat, aircraft, vessel, vehicle, animal or goods are seized

for any cause of forfeiture under any customs law, and it is alleged that such

ship, boat, aircraft, vessel, vehicle, animal or goods are not liable to forfeiture,

the proof thereof shall be on the owner or claimant of such ship, boat, aircraft,

vessel, vehicle, animal or goods.

122. If any ship, boat, aircraft, vessel, vehicle, animal or goods are seized

as forfeited under any customs law, it shall be lawful for the Comptroller to

Condemnation

of ships, etc.

17 of 1978.

Onus probandi.

17 of 1978.

Delivery of

forfeited ships.

17 of 1978.

certiorari and

habeas corpus.

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order delivery thereof to the claimant on his entering into a bond in double the

value of the same, with two or more sufficient sureties to be first approved of

by the Comptroller, with condition that in the event of the ship, boat, aircraft,

vessel, vehicle, animal or goods being condemned, the single penalty of the

bond shall forthwith be paid to the Comptroller.

123.-(1) Where any claim is made to any ship, boat, aircraft, vessel, vehicle,

animal, or goods seized as forfeited under the provisions of this Act, the

claimant thereto may institute proceedings against the Crown in accordance

with any law regulating Crown Proceedings for the time being in force, and the

court shall determine whether or not such ship, boat, aircraft, vessel, vehicle,

animal or goods have been lawfully seized and forfeited under this Act and

adjudicate accordingly.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, upon instituting

any proceedings to establish a claim to any ship, boat, aircraft, vessel, vehicle,

animal or goods seized as forfeited under the provisions of this Act, the plaintiff

in such proceedings shall enter into a bond, with two sufficient sureties to the

satisfaction of the Registrar or a magistrate, as the case may be, in the sum of

five hundred dollars or in the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, as the case

may be, conditioned for the payment of the costs of the proceedings in case

the plaintiff shall be ordered to pay the same.

124. All persons acting under this or any other customs law may claim the

protection afforded to public authorities under the provisions of the Public Au-

thorities Protection Act.

125. If in any prosecution in respect of any goods seized for non-payment of

duties or any other cause of forfeiture, or for the recovery of any penalty under

this Act or any other law relating to Customs, any dispute arises whether the

customs duties have been paid for the goods, or the goods have been lawfully

imported or lawfully unshipped, or concerning the place whence such goods

were brought, then and in every such case the proof thereof shall be on the

defendant in such prosecution who shall be competent and compellable to give

Adjudication

of forfeitures.

17 of 1978.

Protection:

Public Authorities

Protection Act.

Disputes as

to payment

of duties.

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evidence.

126. In any proceedings taken or instituted under any customs law, any

of the following averments shall be sufficient without proof of any such fact,

unless the defendant in such cases proves to the contrary-

(a) that the Comptroller has directed or elected such

proceedings to be instituted; or

(b) that any ship or boat is foreign or belongs wholly or in part

to Belizean citizens; or

(c) that any person detained or found on board any ship or

boat liable to seizure is or is not a Belizean citizen; or

(d) that any person is an officer of customs or is the proper

officer; or

(e) when the offence is committed in any part of Belize, that the

part of Belize named therein is the place where the offence

was committed.

127.-(1) If upon any trial a question arises whether any person is an appropri-

ate officer of the Government of Belize, or an officer of customs, or is duly

employed for the prevention of smuggling, or is the proper officer, evidence of

his having acted as such shall be sufficient, and such person shall not be re-

quired to produce his commission or deputation unless sufficient proof is given

to the contrary.

(2) Every such officer and any person acting in his aid and assistance shall

be deemed a competent witness upon the trial of any suit or other proceeding

on account of any seizure or penalty as aforesaid, notwithstanding that such

officer or other person may be entitled to the whole or any part of such seizure

or penalty, or to any reward upon conviction of the penalty charged in such

Averments in

proceedings.

Evidence.

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suit or other proceeding.

128. All actions, suits or other proceedings brought or exhibited for any

offence against any customs law in any court or before any magistrate shall be

brought or exhibited within three years next after the date of the offence com-

mitted.

129. Notwithstanding section 128 above, when any person has been

detained for any offence against any customs law and has made his escape

from custody, proceedings may be taken in a competent court against such

person for such offence at any time afterwards, although three years have ex-

pired.

130.-(1) Every officer of customs or other person duly authorised to act as

such who-

(a) makes any collusive seizure; or

(b) delivers up or makes any agreement to deliver up, or not to

seize any ship, boat or goods liable to forfeiture; or

(c) takes any bribe, gratuity, recompense or reward for the

non-performance of his duty,

shall be guilty of an offence and be liable on summary conviction to a fine not

exceeding five hundred dollars, or at the discretion of the court, be impri-

soned for any term not exceeding six months.

(2) Every person who gives or offers, or promises to give any bribe,

recompense or reward, or makes any collusive agreement with any officer or

person as aforesaid, to induce him in any way to neglect his duty, or to do or

conceal or connive at any act whereby any of the provisions of any customs

law, or any law, rule, order or regulation in force within Belize may be evaded,

shall, whether the offer is accepted or performed or not, be liable to a fine not

Limitation of

proceedings.

Escaped

persons.

Collusion by,

and bribery of,

officers.

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exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for any term not exceed-

ing one year.

131.-(1) Subject to subsection (2), all fines, penalties or forfeitures recov-

ered under any customs law shall be paid and applied for the public use of

Belize.

(2) The Minister may order that there shall be paid to the informer or

informers, as the case may be, or in case there is no informer, to the officer

making the seizure, out of the moneys so recovered, a part not exceeding one

half of any fine, penalty or forfeiture.

132. Every person who contravenes any provision of this Act for which no

penalty is specially provided, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine

not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceed-

ing two years, or to both such fine and term of imprisonment.

133.-(1) It shall be lawful for the Minister to direct any ship, boat or goods

whatever seized under any customs law, to be delivered to the proprietor or

proprietors thereof, whether condemnation has taken place or not, and also to

mitigate or remit any penalty or fine or any part of any penalty or fine incurred

under any such law, or to release from confinement any person or persons

committed under any customs law, on such terms and conditions as to him

may appear to be proper.

(2) No person shall be entitled to the benefit of any order for delivery,

mitigation, remission or release under this section, unless such terms and con-

ditions are fully and effectually complied with.

(3) If the proprietor of the ship, boat, or goods accepts the terms and

conditions prescribed by the Minister, he shall not have or maintain any action

for recompense or damage on account of such seizure or detention, and the

person making such seizure shall not proceed in any manner for

condemnation.

Penalties

and informers.

General penalty.

18 of 1994.

40 of 1963.

Restoration of

goods, remission

of fines, etc.

40 of 1963.

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Regulations

134.-(1) The Minister may make such regulations as may be necessary for the

better carrying into effect of the provisions of sections 100 to 102 and by such

regulations may exempt goods-in-transit from any requirement of the customs

law.

(2) The Comptroller shall have power, subject to the approval of the

Minister, to make regulations for-

(a) maintaining discipline over customs boatmen; and

(b) carrying the provisions of this Act into effect, including

regulations prescribing a table of fees, rents, and other

charges to be demanded and paid under this Act:

Provided that no penalty prescribed by any regulation for maintaining

discipline over customs boatmen shall provide for a fine exceeding five dollars

for any offence, and in case of a repeated or continuing offence a further fine

exceeding ten dollars for every day during which the offence is repeated or

continued.

(3) Except where a higher penalty is specially prescribed, every person

who contravenes any regulations made by -

(a) the Minister, under subsection (1) above, commits an

offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine

not exceeding one thousand dollars for to imprisonment for

a term not exceeding twelve months, or to both such fine

and term of imprisonment;

(b) the Comptroller, under subsection (2) above, commits an

offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine

not exceeding five hundred dollars or to imprisonment for a

40 of 1963.

Power of

Minister and

Comptroller to

make regulations.

18 of 1994.

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term not exceeding six months, or to both such fine and term

of imprisonment.

Appeals

135. Where a person has been convicted of an offence under this Act where

the penalty imposed or the amount ordered to be paid by the court is more

than $20,000 dollars, an appeal shall not itself result in the suspension of the

decision under appeal, but the appellant may, within the time prescribed for

filing such appeal, apply to the inferior court which made the decision under

appeal for stay of execution on any judgment appealed from (whether civil or

criminal), pending the determination of such appeal; and if the application is

refused by the inferior court, the appellant may apply to the Supreme Court.

Appeals and stay

of execution of

inferior courts’

decisions.

26 of 1992.

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FIRST SCHEDULE

SHIP’S REPORT

[Section 12]

Port of Belize City, Belize

Cargo

emans'pihS

dna

noitpircsed

egannoT

naezileB

roderetsiger

fi:ngierof

trop,naezileB

fi;yrtsigerfo

yrtnuoc,ngierof

ehshcihwot

sgnoleb

rebmuN

wercfo

emaN

fo

retsaM

ecalprotroP

devirraecnehw

emaN

noitpircseD

skraM .soN

dnasegakcaP

fonoitpircsed

sdoog

ot,ynafi,sdooG

draobnoniamer

noitatropxerof foemaN

eengisnoC

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Surplus of Stores remaining on board, viz.:

Number of Passengers (if any)

Pilot’s name

Agent’s name

I declare that the above is a just report of my ship and of her lading, and that the particu-

lars therein inserted are true to the best of my knowledge, and that I have not broken bulk

or delivered any goods out of my ship since her departure from

the last foreign place of loading.

(Signed) Master.

Signed and declared this day of 20 .

in the presence of

Comptroller of Customs.

SECOND SCHEDULE

[Section 16]

No. 1

Port of Belize City-Inwards

Entry of Goods, ex Master.

From by

I declare the above particulars to be just and true in all respects.

Dated 20 .

Importer or Agent. Comptroller.

}

skraM

.soNdna

dnarebmuN

noitpircsed

egakcapfo

stnetnoC ytitnauQ

yrtnuoC

ecnehw

detropmi

eulaV foetaR

ytud

fotnuomA

ytud

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No. 2

[Section 21]

Port of Belize City-Inwards

To be warehoused

By ex

Master, from

I declare the above particulars to be just and true.

Dated 20 .

Importer or Agent.

Comptroller.

skraM

.soNdna

dnarebmuN

fonoitpircsed

egakcap

stnetnoC ytitnauQ eulaV ecnehwyrtnuoC

detropmi

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No. 3

Port of Belize City-Inwards

Ex warehouse

By 20 .

I declare the above particulars to be just and true.

Importer or Agent.

Comptroller.

skraM

soNdna

.

dnarebmuN

noitpircsed

egakcapfo

stnetnoC ytitnauQ

gnitropmI

dnapihs

etad

yrtnuoC

ecnehw

detropmi

eulaV foetaR

ytud

fotnuomA

ytud

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THIRD SCHEDULE

[Section 37 (1)]

Entry Outwards

Port of Belize City.

Date of entry.

Master or Agent.

emaNs'pihS

egannoT fo.oN

nem

s'retsaM

eman

fotroP

noitanitsed ,naezileBfI

tropfoeman

yrtsigerrehfo

eman,ngieroffI

otyrtnuocfo

ehshcihw

sgnoleb

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FOURTH SCHEDULE

[Section 37 (3)]

Content

Port of Belize City.

dnaemans'pihS

noitanitsed

egannoT fotrop,naezileBfI

fi;yrtsigeR

,ngierof

yrtnuoceht

foemaN

retsaM

sregnessapfo.oN

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dnaskraMB

fo.soN

segakcap

dnaytitnauQ

fonoitpircsed

sdoog

sreppihS

I do declare to the best of my belief that the above content is a true account of all

goods shipped or intended to be shipped on board the above-named ship, and

correct in all other particulars.

Master.

Signed and declared this day of 20 .

Before me,

Comptroller, or proper officer of customs.

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FIFTH SCHEDULE

[Section 37 (4)]

BELIZE

Port of Belize City

These are to certify to all whom it may concern that

master or commander of the burden tons,

navigated with

men built, and having on board

has here entered and cleared his vessel according to law.

Given under my hand and seal of the Department of Customs, at the

Port of Belize City in Belize, this day of , 20 .

Comptroller.

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Customs Regulation

SIXTH SCHEDULE

[Section 42]

Shipping Bill

Port of Belize City

Exporter’s name.

emans'pihS egannoT

ronaezileBrehtehW

fi;ngierof

eht,ngierof

yrtnuoc

emans'retsaM noitanitsedfotroP

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I declare the particulars above described to be true and correct.

Exporter or Agent.

Dated day of 20 .

Comptroller or proper officer of customs.

dnaskraM

.soN

dnasegakcaP

noitpircsed ytitnauQ

dnapihsgnitropmI

etad eulaV
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