Where the false or misleading statement has resulted in the loss of duty, the lost duty must be paid in addition to the penalty imposed. If you choose not to pay, the amount of duty lost, together with the penalty will become a debt to the State and Customs will pursue the debt through the Courts.
Customs may also refuse to clear any subsequent importations or exportations, and in certain cases, may seize your goods and sell them to pay off the debt.
A simple checklist to ensure compliance with Customs requirements and avoid the imposition of a penalty
- Have you consulted with your service providers (e.g. your Customs Agent) or with Customs to verify that the tariff classification, tariff treatment, and valuation of the goods you import and export are in accordance with the requirements of the Customs Act?
- Can you produce to Customs sufficient documents and supporting information, including certificates of origin that we need to verify your import and export transactions?
- Have you ensured that your imported and exported goods comply with the requirements of other agencies (e.g. NAQIS, Police, Censorship Board, CITES)? Do you have all the necessary licences and permits?
- Are there systems links between your Customs documents and your purchasing, receiving, vendors' invoice, and payables processes? Have you documented these processes to identify any shortcomings?
- Have you verified the links between your Customs documents and your accounting systems and procedures? In other words, have you selected a representative sample and conducted an audit?
- Have you determined your current level of compliance as well as that of your service providers? Have you identified any shortcomings in your systems or processes that you need to address?
- Do you have a plan to address any shortcomings you identified in your systems or processes?
- Does your plan include a strategy for monitoring compliance over time?