Tariff Act 2013


Published: 2013-07-01

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TARIFF ACT, 2013
TARIFF ACT, 2013

Arrangement of Sections

Section

PART I - PRELIMINARY 2
1. Short title..............................................................................................................2
2. Interpretation........................................................................................................2

PART II - IMPOSITION OF DUTY 3
3. Charge of duty......................................................................................................3
4. Rates of Duty........................................................................................................3
5. Exemptions from duty..........................................................................................3
6. Goods imported or taken out of bond duty free....................................................4
7. Duty on beer etc., exported out of The Bahamas. ................................................4
8. Payments of customs duty on sale of houses etc..................................................4
9. Ad valorem duty on bonded goods.......................................................................5
10. Anti-dumping, countervailing duty orders...........................................................5
11. Excise tax collected at time of entry.....................................................................5

PART III - REFUND 5
12. Refund of duty on household effects of public officers........................................5
13. Repayment of duty paid on diplomatic goods, etc................................................5

PART IV - MISCELLANEOUS 6
14. Regulations..........................................................................................................6
15. Minister may amend Schedules............................................................................6
16. Designation..........................................................................................................6
17. Application...........................................................................................................7
18. Repeal of Ch. 295.................................................................................................7

FIRST SCHEDULE 8

SECOND SCHEDULE 8

TARIFF ACT, 2013

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TARIFF ACT, 2013

AN ACT TO MAKE NEW PROVISIONS FOR THE IMPOSITION AND
COLLECTION OF CUSTOMS DUTIES, AND TO GIVE EFFECT TO
THE HARMONIZED SYSTEM OF TARIFF AND FOR CONNECTED

PURPOSES

Enacted by the Parliament of The Bahamas

PART I - PRELIMINARY

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Tariff Act, 2013.

2. Interpretation.

In this Act —
“Comptroller" means the Comptroller of Customs or any other public

officer acting on his behalf or under his authority;
"Customs Officer" means any public officer assigned to customs duties

in the Customs Department;
"duty" means import duty of customs imposable under this Act;
"goods" mean all kinds of articles, wares, merchandise, livestock and

includes electrical energy;
"Government" means the Government of the Commonwealth of The

Bahamas;
“Harmonized System” means the Harmonized Commodity Description

and Coding System which was developed by the World Customs
Organization and entered into force on the 1st day of January, 1988;

"imported goods" mean goods imported into The Bahamas;

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"Minister" means the Minister responsible for Finance;
"prescribed" means prescribed by regulations made under this Act;
"Rates of Duty" include the term “Free” occurring in the third column in

the First Schedule.

PART II - IMPOSITION OF DUTY

3. Charge of duty.

Subject to this Act and any other law relating to customs, duty shall be charged,
levied and collected upon all goods imported.

4. Rates of Duty.

(1) Subject to this section, a General Rate of Duty shall be charged in
accordance with the rates set forth in the third column under the
subheading “General Rate” in the First Schedule, except for goods eligible
for the preferential rate in the fifth column under the subheading
“Applicable Preferential Rate” in the First Schedule for which duty shall
be charged in accordance with the rates set forth in the Second Schedule.

(2) The Minister may, by Order, impose an alternate rate of duty on any of the
goods for which a Maximum Variable Rate of Duty is provided in the
fourth column under the subheading “Maximum Variable Rate” in the
First Schedule, replacing the General Rate of Duty which would otherwise
be chargeable.

5. Exemptions from duty.

(1) Goods for the use of institutions and persons exercising consular and
diplomatic privileges, establishments of foreign states, The Bahamas
National Trust, charitable organizations, and for gifting to the Government
are eligible for exemptions from duty, as specified in the relevant sections
of Chapter 98 in the First Schedule.

(2) The following categories of goods may be eligible for general duty
exemptions, as specified in the relevant sections of Chapter 98 in the First
Schedule —
(a) agricultural, floricultural, horticultural, agricultural co-operative

societies, fisheries and forest industry goods;
(b) aircraft parts and accessories;
(c) baggage of passengers;
(d) used personal clothing imported by a returning resident;
(e) collector's pieces and works of art;

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(f) educational, scientific and cultural goods;
(g) school supplies;
(h) medical equipment and building material;
(i) religious goods;
(j) sporting equipment;
(k) promotional articles for touristic purposes;
(l) Bahamian cultural works reproduced abroad;
(m) trophies;
(n) production materials for cottage and light industries;
(o) printing equipment and raw materials;
(p) samples of merchandise;
(q) relief goods;
(r) potable water imported in bulk by Ministerial Order;
(s) materials to restore registered historic buildings;
(t) specified marine vessels;
(u) motor vessels and parts for use in Inter-Island Service and hackney

carriages;
(v) systems building for Government Housing Projects;
(w) goods manufactured or processed in the Port Area;
(x) any other goods which receive duty concessions under incentive

legislation.

6. Goods imported or taken out of bond duty free.

Subject to any conditions of use, purpose or requirements or relating to any
goods referred to in Chapter 98 in the First Schedule, such goods may be
imported or taken out of bond for home consumption free of duty or at a reduced
rate of duty.

7. Duty on beer etc., exported out of The Bahamas.

Any beer, rum or spirits manufactured or produced in the Port Area shall, if
removed to any other part of The Bahamas, be subject to the duty payable on
manufactured rum, spirits and beer pursuant to the Spirits and Beer Manufacture
Act (Ch. 373).

8. Payments of customs duty on sale of houses etc.

Where customs duty is payable pursuant to clause 2 of the Hawksbill Creek,
Grand Bahama (Deep Water Harbour and Industrial Area) Agreement contained
in the Schedule to the Hawksbill Creek, Grand Bahama (Deep Water Harbour
and Industrial Area) Act (Ch. 261) and the value of the materials used in the

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construction of the building cannot be determined without damaging the
building, then the rate of duty payable shall be 25% ad valorem of 40% of the
cost of construction.

9. Ad valorem duty on bonded goods.

In addition to any duty imposable, there shall be charged, levied and collected
upon all goods entered for warehousing or re-warehousing an ad valorem duty of
1%.

10. Anti-dumping, countervailing duty orders.

The Minister shall, by Order, impose on goods of a description specified in an
anti-dumping duty or countervailing duty order, an additional duty chargeable on
the import of the goods into The Bahamas at a rate specified in the anti-dumping
duty or countervailing duty order.

11. Excise tax collected at time of entry.

In addition to the duties imposed under this Act, the excise tax owed on imported
goods under the Excise Act shall be paid at the time of their importation.

PART III - REFUND

12. Refund of duty on household effects of public officers.

The Minister may direct the refund of any duty paid by any public officer
appointed, transferred or seconded from abroad to the public service of The
Bahamas upon any household effects, including a motor vehicle, accompanying
such officer on his arrival in The Bahamas, or imported by him after arrival,
having previously been in use in his possession, when such officer submits to the
Comptroller satisfactory proof that such effects upon which such duty has been
paid have been exported from The Bahamas.

13. Repayment of duty paid on diplomatic goods, etc.

The Minister may direct the repayment of any duty which is proved to the
satisfaction of the Minister to have been paid on goods eligible for an exemption
under Chapter 98 in the First Schedule which, had they been imported or taken
out of bond for home consumption free of duty, would have been free of duty
under section 6:

Provided that the Minister may at any time specify the kind and quantity
of such goods eligible for such repayment.

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PART IV - MISCELLANEOUS

14. Regulations.

(1) The Minister may make regulations for giving effect to the provisions of
this Act.

(2) Without prejudice to subsection (1), the Minister may make regulations
prescribing offences for any contravention of the provisions of the
regulations and providing for the imposition of a fine not exceeding one
thousand dollars or for a penalty not exceeding twice the value of the
goods in respect of which the offence was committed.

15. Minister may amend Schedules.

The Minister may, by Order —
(a) amend any item in the First Schedule to ensure the uniform

application of the Harmonized System;
(b) amend the First Schedule —

(i) to change a tariff item classification,
(ii) to change a description of goods in a tariff item, or
(iii) to add, repeal or replace a tariff item, if the amendment does

not affect the rate of customs duty applicable to those goods;
(c) amend the First Schedule to replace the General Rate of Duty,

pursuant to section 4(2), provided that the Order specifies the
commencement date and is published in the Gazette at least five
days prior to the commencement date;

(d) amend the First Schedule to remove any article from the list of
items for which an alternate Maximum Variable Rate of Duty may
be imposed, thereby reinstating against that item the General Rate
of Duty specified in the third column in the First Schedule;

(e) amend the Units of Measurement specified in the sixth column in
the First Schedule;

(f) amend the Second Schedule —
(i) to change a tariff item classification, or
(ii) to add, repeal or replace a tariff item, if the amendment does

not affect the rate of customs duty applicable to those goods.

16. Designation.

The Minister may by Order designate the countries, listed in the Second
Schedule, which may receive the preferential rates.

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17. Application.

All rates specified in the Second Schedule, other than those rates specified for
the period 1st January 2011 to 30th June 2013, shall take effect upon the
commencement of this Act.

18. Repeal of Ch. 295.

The Tariff Act is repealed.

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