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CUSTOMS AND EXCISE MANAGEMENT ACT 1979

UK Public General Acts

Version 24/07/2002

1979 CHAPTER 2

Default Geographical Extent: E+W+S+N.I.


  • Part I. Preliminary
  • Part II. Administration
    • Appointment and duties of Commissioners, officers, etc.
    • Offences in connection with Commissioners, officers, etc.
    • Commissioners’ receipts and expenses
  • Part III. Customs and Excise Control Areas
  • Part IV. Control of Importation
    • Inward entry and clearance
    • Provisions as to duty on imported goods
    • Forfeiture, offences, etc. in connection with importation
  • Part V. Control of Exportation
    • Outward entry and clearance of goods
    • Outward entry and clearance of ships, etc.
    • General regulation of exportation, etc.
    • Offences in relation to exportation
  • Part VI. Control of Coastwise Traffic
  • Part VII. Customs and Excise Control: Supplementary Provisions
    • Special requirements as to movement of certain goods
    • [ Keeping and preservation of records
    • Additional provisions as to information
    • Prevention of smuggling
    • Forfeiture of ships, etc. for certain offences
  • Part VIII. Warehouses and Queen’s Warehouses and Related Provisions about Pipe-lines
  • Part VIIIA. Free Zones
  • Part VIIIB. REGISTERED EXCISE DEALERS AND SHIPPERS
  • Part IX. Control of Excise Licence Trades and Revenue Traders
    • Excise licences—general provisions
    • General provisions as to entries of premises, etc.
    • General provisions as to revenue traders
  • Part IXA. PROTECTION OF THE REVENUES DERIVED FROM EXCISE DUTIES
  • Part X. Duties and Drawbacks—General Provisions
    • General provisions relating to imported goods
    • Deferred payment of excise duty on goods
    • General provisions relating to charge of duty on and delivery of goods
    • Drawback, allowances, duties, etc.—general
  • Part XI. Detention of Persons, Forfeiture and Legal Proceedings
    • Detention of persons
    • Forfeiture
    • General provisions as to legal proceedings
    • Saving for outlying enactments of certain general provisions as to offences
  • Part XII. General and Miscellaneous
    • General powers, etc.
    • General offences
    • Miscellaneous
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Introductory Text

Customs and Excise Management Act 1979

1979 CHAPTER 2

An Act to consolidate the enactments relating to the collection and management of the revenues of customs and excise and in some cases to other matters in relation to which the Commissioners of Customs and Excise for the time being perform functions, with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission.

[22nd February 1979]

Annotations:

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1 Act extended (prosp.) by 2002 c. 29, ss. 451(4), 458(1)(3)

C2 Act applied (E.W.N.I.) (31.3.2002) by S.I. 2002/528, reg. 7(3)

C3 Act modified by Car Tax Act 1983 (c. 53, SIF 40:2), s. 5(4)

C4 Act amended by Car Tax Act 1983 (c. 53, SIF 40:2), s. 1(4), Sch. 1 para 9 and Value Added Tax Act 1983 (c. 55, SIF 40:2), s. 24(1)(3)

C5 Act amended by Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60, SIF 95), s. 114(1)

C6 Act extended by S.I. 1985/910, reg. 3(1)

C7 Act extended by S.I. 1988/1657, reg. 4(2)

C8 Act modified by S.I. 1990/2167, art. 5

C9 Act extended (E.W.)(1.12.1993) by 1986 c. 32, s. 36A(4)(b) (as inserted (1.12.1993) by 1993 c. 36, s. 20(1); S.I. 1993/2734, art. 2, Sch.)

C10 Act extended (S.)(1.12.1993) by 1987 c. 41, s. 40(A)(3) (as inserted (1.12.1993) by 1993 c. 36, s. 20(2); S.I. 1993/2734, art. 2, Sch.)

C11 Act extended (E.W.S.)(1.12.1993) by 1988 c. 33, s. 93F(4) (as inserted (1.12.1993) by 1993 c. 36, s. 35; S.I. 1993/2734, art. 2,Sch.)

C12 Act extended (31.1.1994) by S.I. 1993/3050, reg. 22(2).

Act restricted (1.11.1994) by 1994 c. 9, s. 18(1)(8) (with s. 19(3)); S.I. 1994/2679, art. 2, Sch. (with art. 4(3))

Act extended (3.2.1995) by 1994 c. 37, s. 18(5)(c)

Act extended (3.2.1995) by 1994 c. 37, ss. 60(4)(5), 69(2)

Act construed (3.5.1994) with Pt. I, Chapter III of 1994 c. 9 by 1994 c. 9, s. 20(4)

Act applied (with modifications) (3.5.1994) by 1994 c. 9, s. 40, Sch. 6 para. 1(1)

Act extended (E.W.) (3.2.1995) by 1994 c. 37, ss. 60(4)(5), 69(2)

Act extended (1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 39, ss. 34(3), 53(2)

Act extended (25.8.1996) by S.I. 1996/1299 (N.I. 9), ss. 1(2), 55(4)

Act restricted (27.2.1997) by 1997 c. 7, s. 4(1), Sch. para. 7 (with s. 11(2))

Act construed (19.3.1997) with the gaming duty provisions of 1997 c. 16 by 1997 c. 16, s. 15(2)(4)

Act modified (E.W.N.I.) (1.3.1999) by 1998 c. 33, s. 21(4)(5)(7) (with s. 28); S.I. 1999/448, art. 2

Act modified (deemed to have come into force on 1.7.1999 but shall not have effect in relation to any shipment of goods before that date) by 1979 c. 2, s. 1(4) (as substituted by 1999 c. 16, s. 10(1)(2))

Act extended (14.12.2001) by 1974 c. 6, s. 1B(4) (as inserted (14.12.2001) by 2001 c. 24, ss. 45, 127(2)(a))

Act extended (14.12.2001) by 1996 c. 6, s. 30A(4) (as inserted (14.12.2001) by 2001 c. 24, ss. 46, 127(2)(a))

Act extended (14.12.2001) by 2001 c. 24, ss. 53(4), 127(2)(a) (with s. 53(5)(7))

Commencement Information

I1 Act wholly in force on 1.4.1979, see s. 178(3)


Part I
Preliminary



1 Interpretation.

(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires— “aerodrome ” means any area of land or water designed, equipped, set apart of commonly used for affording facilities for the landing and departure of aircraft; F1 . . . “approved wharf ” has the meaning given by [F2 section 20A] below; “armed forces ” means the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the regular army and the regular air force, and any reserve or auxiliary force of any of those services which has been called out on permanent service, F3 . . . or embodied; “assigned matter ” means any matter in relation to which the Commissioners are for the time being required in pursuance of any enactment to perform any duties; “boarding station ” means a boarding station for the time being appointed under section 19 below; “boundary ” means the land boundary of Northern Ireland; “British ship ” means a British ship within the meaning of the [F4 Merchant Shipping Act 1995] “claimant ”, in relation to proceedings for the condemnation of any thing as being forfeited, means a person claiming that the thing is not liable to forfeiture; “coasting ship ” has the meaning given by section 69 below; “commander ”, in relation to an aircraft, includes any person having or taking the charge or command of the aircraft; “the Commissioners ” means the Commissioners of Customs and Excise; “Community transit goods ”—

(a) in relation to imported goods, means—
(i) goods which have been imported under the internal or external Community transit procedure for transit through the United Kingdom with a view to exportation where the importation was and the transit and exportation are to be part of one Community transit operation; or
(ii) goods which have, at the port or airport at which they were imported, been placed under the internal or external Community transit procedure for transit through the United Kingdom with a view to exportation where the transit and exportation are to be part of one Community transit operation;
(b) in relation to goods for exportation, means—
(i) goods which have been imported as mentioned in paragraph (a) (i) of this definition and are to be exported as part of the Community transit operation in the course of which they were imported; or
(ii) goods which have, under the internal or external Community transit procedure, transited the United Kingdom from the port or airport at which they were imported and are to be exported as part of the Community transit operation which commenced at that port or airport [F5 and for the purposes of paragraph (a) (i) above the Isle of Man shall be treated as if it were part of the United Kingdom] ; “container ” includes any bundle or package and any box, cask or other receptacle whatsoever; “the customs and excise Acts ” means the Customs and Excise Acts 1979 and any other enactment for the time being in force relating to customs or excise; “the Customs and Excise Acts 1979 ” means— this Act, the M1 Customs and Excise Duties (General Reliefs) Act 1979, the M2 Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979, the M3 Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979, F6 . . . and the M4 Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979; F7 . . . “customs and excise airport ” has the meaning given by section 21(7) below; “customs and excise station ” has the meaning given by section 26 below; [F8 “designation order ” has the meaning given by section 100A(5) ;] “drawback goods ” means goods in the case of which a claim for drawback has been or is to be made; “dutiable goods ”, except in the expression “dutiable or restricted goods ”, means goods of a class or description subject to any duty of customs or excise, whether or not those goods are in fact chargeable with that duty, and whether or not that duty has been paid thereon; “dutiable or restricted goods ” has the meaning given by section 52 below; “examination station ” has the meaning given by [F9 section 22A] below; [F10 “excise duty point ” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1992;] “excise licence trade ” means, subject to subsection (5) below, a trade or business for the carrying on of which an excise licence is required; “excise warehouse ” means a place of security approved by the Commissioners under subsection (1) (whether or not it is also approved under subsection (2) ) of section 92 below, and, except in that section, also includes a distiller’s warehouse; “exporter ”, in relation to goods for exportation or for use as stores, includes the shipper of the goods and any person performing in relation to an aircraft functions corresponding with those of a shipper; [F11 “free zone ” has the meaning given by section 100A(2) ; [F12 “free zone goods ” are goods which are within a free zone;]
F13 . . .] “goods ” includes stores and baggage; “holiday ”, in relation to any part of the United Kingdom, means any day that is a bank holiday in that part of the United Kingdom under the M5 Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, Christmas Day, Good Friday and the day appointed for the purposes of customs and excise for the celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday; “hovercraft ” means a hovercraft within the meaning of the M6 Hovercraft Act 1968; “importer ”, in relation to any goods at any time between their importation and the time when they are delivered out of charge, includes any owner or other person for the time being possessed of or beneficially interested in the goods and, in relation to goods imported by means of a pipe-line, includes the owner of the pipe-line; “justice ” and “justice of the peace ” in Scotland includes a sheriff and in Northern Ireland, in relation to any powers and duties which can under any enactment for the time being in force be exercised and performed only by a resident magistrate, means a resident magistrate; “land ” and “landing ”, in relation to aircraft, include alighting on water; “law officer of the Crown ” means the Attorney General or [F14 for the purpose of criminal proceedings in Scotland, the Lord Advocate or, for the purpose of civil proceedings in Scotland, the appropriate Law Officer within the meaning of section 4A of the Crown Suits (Scotland) Act 1857] or in Northern Ireland the Attorney General for Northern Ireland; “licence year ”, in relation to an excise licence issuable annually, means the period of 12 months ending on the date on which that licence expires in any year; “master ”, in relation to a ship, includes any person having or taking the charge or command of the ship;
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F15 “night ” means the period between 11 pm and 5 am; “occupier ”, in relation to any bonded premises, [F16 includes any] person who has given security to the Crown in respect of those premises; “officer ” means, subject to section 8(2) below, a person commissioned by the Commissioners; “owner ”, in relation to an aircraft, includes the operator of the aircraft; “owner ”, in relation to a pipe-line, means (except in the case of a pipe-line vested in the Crown which in pursuance of arrangements in that behalf is operated by another) the person in whom the line is vested and, in the said excepted case, means the person operating the line; [F17 “perfect entry ” means an entry made in accordance with [F18 regulation 5 of the Customs Controls on Importation of Goods Regulations 1991] or warehousing regulations, as the case may require;] “pipe-line ” has the meaning given by section 65 of the M7 Pipe-lines Act 1962 (that Act being taken, for the purposes of this definition, to extend to Northern Ireland) ; “port ” means a port appointed by the Commissioners under section 19 below; “prescribed area ” means such an area in Northen Ireland adjoining the boundary as the Commissioners may by regulations prescribe; “prescribed sum ”, in relation to the penalty provided for an offence, has the meaning given by section 171(2) below; “prohibited or restricted goods ” means goods of a class or description of which the importation, exportation or carriage coastwise is for the time being prohibited or restricted under or by virtue of any enactment; “proper ”, in relation to the person by, with or to whom, or the place at which, anything is to be done, means the person or place appointed or authorised in that behalf by the Commissioners; “proprietor ”, in relation to any goods, includes any owner, importer, exporter, shipping or other person for the time being possessed of or beneficially interested in those goods; “Queen’s warehouse ” means any place provided by the Crown or appointed by the Commissioners for the deposit of goods for security thereof and of the duties chargeable thereon; [F19 “registered excise dealer and shipper ” means a revenue trader approved and registered by the Commissioners under section 100G below; “registered excise dealers and shippers regulations ” means regulations under section 100G below;] [F20 “representative ”, in relation to any person from whom the Commissioners assess an amount as being excise duty due, means his personal representative, trustee in bankruptcy or interim or permanent trustee, any receiver or liquidator appointed in relation to him or any of his property or any other person acting in a representative capacity in relation to him;] “the revenue trade provisions of the customs and excise Acts ” means— (a) the provisions of the customs and excise Acts relating to the protection, security, collection or management of the revenues derived from the duties of excise on goods produced or manufactured in the United Kingdom; (b) the provisions of the customs and excise Acts relating to any activity or facility for the carrying on or provision of which an excise licence is required; F21 . . . (c) the provisions of the M8 Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1972 (so far as not included in paragraph (b) above) [F22 ; F23 . . .
(d) the provisions of Chapter II of Part I of the Finance Act 1993;]
[F24 (e) the provisions of sections 10 to 15 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Finance Act 1997;] “revenue trader ” means (a) F25 any person carrying on a trade or business subject to any of the revenue trade provisions of the customs and excise Acts [F26 or which consists of or includes— (i) the buying, selling, importation, exportation, dealing in or handling of any goods of a class or description which is subject to a duty of excise (whether or not duty is chargeable on the goods) ; F27 . . .] (ia) [F28 the buying, selling, importation, exportation, dealing in or handling of tickets or chances on the taking of which lottery duty is or will be chargeable; F29 . . .] (ib) [F30 being (within the meaning of sections 10 to 15 of the Finance Act 1997) the provider of any premises for gaming; (ic) the organisation, management or promotion of any gaming (within the meaning of the M9 Gaming Act 1968 or the M10 Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985) ; or] (ii) the financing or facilitation of any such transactions or activities [F31 as are mentioned in sub-paragraph (i) [F32 , (ia) , (ib) or (ic) ] above] ,
, whether or not that trade or business is an excise licence trade, [F33 ; and (b) any person who is a wholesaler or an occupier of an excise warehouse (so far as not included in paragraph (a) above) , and includes a registered club] ; “ship ” and “vessel ” include any boat or other vessel whatsoever (and, to the extent provided in section 2 below, any hovercraft) ; “shipment ” includes loading into an aircraft, and “shipped ” and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly; “stores ” means, subject to subsection (4) below, goods for use in a ship or aircraft and includes fuel and spare parts and other articles of equipment, whether or not for immediate fitting; “tons register ” means the tons of a ship’s net tonnage as ascertained and registered according to the tonnage regulations of the [F34 Merchant Shipping Act 1995] or, in the case of a ship which is not registered under that Act, ascertained in like manner as if it were to be so registered; “transit goods ”, except in the expression “Community transit goods ”, means imported goods entered on importation for transit or transhipment; “transit or transhipment ”, in relation to the entry of goods, means transit through the United Kingdom or transhipment with a view to the re-exportation of the goods in question [F35 or transhipment of those goods for use as stores] ; “transit shed ” has the meaning given by [F36 section 25A] below; [F37 “United Kingdom waters ”means any waters (including inland waters) within the seaward limits of the territorial sea of the United Kingdom;] “vehicle ” includes a railway vehicle;

[F38 “victualling warehouse ” means a place of security approved by the Commissioners under subsection (2) (whether or not it is also a place approved under subsection (1) of section 92 below).] “warehouse ”, except in the expressions “Queen’s warehouse ” and “distiller’s warehouse ”, means a place of security approved by the Commissioners under subsection (1) or (2) or subsections (1) and (2) of section 92 below and, except in that section, also includes a distiller’s warehouse; and “warehoused ” and cognate expressions shall, subject to subsection (4) of that section [F39 and any regulations made by virtue of section 93(2) (da) (i) or (ee) or (4) below] , be construed accordingly; “warehousing regulations ” means regulations under section 93 below.
(2) This Act and the other Acts included in the Customs and Excise Acts 1979 shall be construed as one Act but where a provision of this Act refers to this Act that reference is not to be construed as including a reference to any of the others.

(3) Any expression used in this Act or in any instrument made under this Act to which a meaning is given by any other Act included in the Customs and Excise Acts 1979 has, except where the context otherwise requires, the same meaning in this Act or any such instrument as in that Act; and for ease of reference the Table below indicates the expressions used in this Act to which a meaning is given by any other such Act—

Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 “beer ” “brewer ” and “ [F40 registered brewer] “cider ” “compounder ” “distiller ” “distiller’s warehouse ” “dutiable alcoholic liquor ” “licensed ”, in relation to producers of wine or made-wine “made-wine ” “producer of made-wine ” “producer of wine ” “proof ” “rectifier ” “registered club ” “spirits ” [F41 “wholesaler ”] “wine ” Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 “rebate ” “refinery ” Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 “tobacco products ”
[F42 (4) Goods for use in a ship or aircraft as merchandise for sale to persons carried in the ship or aircraft shall be treated for the purposes of the customs and excise Acts as stores if, and only if—

(a) the goods are to be sold by retail either—
(i) in the course of a relevant journey, or
(ii) for consumption on board;
and
(b) the goods are not treated as exported by virtue of regulations under section 12 of the M11 Customs and Excise Duties (General Reliefs) Act 1979 (goods for use in naval ships or establishments).
(4A) For the purposes of subsection (4) above a relevant journey is any journey beginning in the United Kingdom and having an immediate destination outside the member States.

(4B) In relation to goods treated as stores by virtue of subsection (4) above, any reference in the customs and excise Acts to the consumption of stores shall be construed as referring to the sale of the goods as mentioned in paragraph (a) of that subsection.]

(5) A person who deals in or sells tobacco products in the course of a trade or business carried on by him shall be deemed for the purposes of this Act to be carrying on an excise licence trade (and to be a revenue trader) notwithstanding that no excise licence is required for carrying on that trade or business.

(6) In computing for the purposes of this Act any period expressed therein as a period of clear days no account shall be taken of the day of the event from which the period is computed or of any Sunday or holiday.

(7) The provisions of this Act in so far as they relate to customs duties apply, notwithstanding that any duties are imposed for the benefit of the Communities, as if the revenue from duties so imposed remained part of the revenues of the Crown.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F1 Definition in s. 1(1) repealed (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/3095, regs. 3(1), 10(2), Sch. 2.

F2 Words in s. 1(1) substituted (01.01.1992) by S.I. 1991/2724, reg. 6(2)(a)

F3 S. 1(1): words in definition of 'armed forces' omitted (1.1.1999) by virtue of S.I. 1998/3086, art. 10(3)

F4 S. 1(1): words in definition of 'British ship' substituted (1.1.1996) by 1995 c. 21, ss. 314(2), 316(2), Sch. 13 para. 53(2)(a) (with s. 312(1))

F5 Words inserted by Isle of Man Act 1979 (c. 58), Sch. 1 para. 2

F6 Words in s. 1(1) repealed (1.1.1993) by Finance (No. 2) Act 1992 (c. 48), s. 82, Sch. 18 Pt. II.

F7 In s. 1(1): definition of "custom warehouse" omitted (01.01.1992) by virtue of S.I. 1991/2725, reg. 3(2)(a)

F8 Definition inserted by Finance Act 1984 (c. 43, SIF 40:1), s. 8, Sch. 4 Pt. II para. 1

F9 Words in s. 1(1) substituted (01.01.1992) by S.I. 1991/2724, reg. 6(2)(b)

F10 Definition in s. 1(1) inserted (1.12.1992 in so far as mentioned in S.I. 1992/2979, art. 4 and 1.1.1993 in so far as then not already in force) by Finance (No. 2) Act 1992 (c. 48), s. 1(5), Sch. 1 para. 1; S.I. 1992/2979, art. 4, Sch. 1 Pt. II; S.I. 1992/3261, art. 3, Sch.

F11 Definitions inserted by Finance Act 1984 (c. 43, SIF 40:1), s. 8, Sch. 4 Pt. II para. 1

F12 S. 1(1): definition of 'free zone goods' substituted (1.9.1994) by 1994 c. 23, ss. 100(1), 101(1), Sch. 14 para. 6

F13 In s. 1(1): definition of "free zone regulations" omitted (01.01.1992) by virtue of S.I. 1991/2727, reg. 4(b)

F14 S. 1(1): words in definition of “law officer of the Crown ” substituted (20.5.1999) by S.I. 1999/1042, arts. 1(2)(b), 4, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 6; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 2(2), Sch. 4

F15 Definition repealed by Territorial Sea Act 1987 (c. 49, SIF 29:1), s. 3, Sch. 2

F16 Words in s. 1(1) substituted (9.12.1992) by Finance (No. 2) Act 1992 (c. 48), s. 3(1), Sch. 2 para. 1(a); S.I. 1992/3104, art. 2(1).

F17 Definition repealed by Finance Act 1981 (c. 35, SIF 40:1), Sch. 19 Pt. I

F18 Words in s. 1(1) substituted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/3095, reg. 10(1), Sch. 1 para. 2.

F19 Definitions in s. 1(1) inserted (25.7.1991) by Finance Act 1991 (c. 31), s. 11(1)

F20 S. 1(1): definition of 'representative' inserted (1.6.1997) by 1997 c. 16, s. 50(2), Sch. 6 para. 2(4); S.I. 1997/1305, art. 2

F21 Word in s. 1(1)(b) of definition of “revenue trade provisions ” repealed (1.12.1993) by 1993 c. 34, ss. 30(2)(a), 213, Sch. 23 Pt. I(7) (with s. 40(2)(3)); S.I. 1993/2842, art. 3(1).

F22 S. 1(1)(d) and immediate preceding word of definition of “revenue trade provisions ” inserted (1.12.1993) by 1993 c. 34, s. 30(2)(b) (with s. 40(2)(3)); S.I. 1993/2842, art. 3(1).

F23 S. 1(1): word in para. (c) of the definition of 'the revenue trade provisions of the customs and excise Acts' repealed (19.3.1997 with effect in relation to any gaming on or after 1.10.1997) by 1997 c. 16, s. 113(1), Sch. 18 Pt. II, Note 2

F24 S. 1(1) definition of 'the revenue trade provisions of the custom and excise Acts': para. (e) inserted (19.3.1997) by 1997 c. 16, ss. 13(2), 15, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 2(2)

F25 “(a) ” inserted by Finance Act 1981 (c. 35, SIF 40:1), s. 11, Sch. 8 Pt. I para. 1(1)

F26 Words in s. 1(1) inserted (25.7.1991) by Finance Act 1991 (c. 31), s. 11(2)

F27 Word in s. 1(1)(a)(i) of definition of “revenue trader ” repealed (1.12.1993) by 1993 c. 34, s. 30(3)(a), 213, Sch. 23 Pt. I(7) (with ss. 40(2)(3)); S.I. 1993/2842, art. 3(1).

F28 S. 1(1)(ia) of definition of “revenue trader ”; inserted (1.12.1993) by 1993 c. 34, s. 30(3)(b) (with s. 40(2)(3)); S.I. 1993/2842, art. 3(1).

F29 S. 1(1): word in para. (a)(ia) of the definition of 'revenue trader' repealed (19.3.1997 with effect in relation to any gaming on or after 1.10.1997) by 1997 c. 16, s. 113(1), Sch. 18 Pt. II, Note 2

F30 S. 1(1) definition of 'revenue trader': para. (a)(ib)(ic) inserted (19.3.1997) by 1997 c. 16, ss. 13(2), 15, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 2(3)

F31 Words in s. 1(1)(c) of definition of “revenue trader ” inserted (1.12.1993) by 1993 c. 34, s. 30(3)(c) (with s. 40(2)(3)); S.I. 1993/2842, art. 3(1).

F32 S. 1(1): words in para. (a)(ii) of definition of 'revenue trader' substituted (19.3.1997) by 1997 c. 16, ss. 13(2), 15, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 2(4)

F33 Words substituted by Finance Act 1981 (c. 35, SIF 40:1), s. 11, Sch. 8 Pt. I para. 1(1)

F34 S. 1(1): words in definition of 'tons register' substituted (1.1.1996) by 1995 c. 21, ss. 314(2), 316(2), Sch. 13 para. 53(2)(b) (with s. 312(1))

F35 Words added by Finance (No. 2) Act 1987 (c. 51), s. 103(3)

F36 Words in s. 1(1) substituted (01.01.1992) by S.I. 1991/2724, reg. 6(2)(c)

F37 Definition inserted by Territorial Sea Act 1987 (c. 49, SIF 29:1), s. 3, Sch. 1 para. 4(1)

F38 In s. 1(1): definition of "victualling warehouse" inserted (01.01.1992) by S.I. 1991/2725, reg. 3(2)(b)

F39 Words in s. 1(1) inserted (9.12.1992) by Finance (No. 2) Act 1992 (c. 48), s. 3(1), Sch. 2 para. 1(b); S.I. 1992/3104, art. 2(1).

F40 Words in s. 1(3) substituted (1.6.1993) by Finance Act 1991 (c. 31), s. 7(4)(5), Sch. 2 para. 1(a); S.I. 1993/1152, art. 3(2), Sch. 1 Pt. II

F41 Word inserted by Finance Act 1981 (c. 35, SIF 40:1), s. 11, Sch. 8 Pt. I para. 1(2)

F42 S. 1(4)(4A)(4B) substituted for s. 1(4)(deemed to have come into force on 1.7.1999 but shall not have effect in relation to any shipment of goods before that date) by 1999 c. 16, s. 10(1)(2)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C13 S. 1 amended by S.I. 1987/2114, reg. 2

C14 S. 1 extended (prosp.) by 2002 c. 28, ss. 11(4), 16(2) (with s. 16(7))

Marginal Citations

M1 1979 c. 3.

M2 1979 c. 4.

M3 1979 c. 5.

M4 1979 c. 7.

M5 1971 c. 80.

M6 1968 c. 59.

M7 1962 c. 58.

M8 1972 c. 25.

M9 1968 c. 65.

M10 S.I. 1985/1204 (N.I. 11).

M11 1979 c.3.


2 Application to hovercraft.

(1) This Part, Parts III to VII and Parts X to XII of this Act shall apply as if references to ships or vessels included references to hovercraft, and the said Parts III to VII shall apply in relation to an approved wharf or transit shed which is not in a port as if it were in a port.

(2) All other provisions of the customs and excise Acts shall apply as if references (however expressed) to goods or passengers carried in or moved by ships or vessels included references to goods or passengers carried in or moved by hovercraft.

(3) In all the provisions of the customs and excise Acts “landed ”, “loaded ”, “master ”, “shipped ”, “shipped as stores ”, “transhipment ”, “voyage ”, “waterborne ” and cognate expressions shall be construed in accordance with subsections (1) and (2) above.

(4) References in the customs and excise Acts to goods imported or exported by land, or conveyed into or out of Northern Ireland by land, include references to goods imported, exported or conveyed across any part of the boundary of Northern Ireland; and it is hereby declared that in those Acts references to vehicles include references to hovercraft proceeding over land or water or partly over land and partly over water.

(5) Any power of making regulations or other instruments relating to the importation or exportation of goods conferred by the customs and excise Acts may be exercised so as to make provision for the importation or exportation of goods by hovercraft which is different from the provision made for the importation or exportation of goods by other means.

3 Application to pipe-lines.

(1) In the customs and excise Acts “shipping ” and “loading ” and cognate expressions, where used in relation to importation or exportation, include, in relation to importation or exportation by means of a pipe-line, the conveyance of goods by means of the pipe-line and the charging and discharging of goods into and from the pipe-line, but subject to any necessary modifications.

(2) In the customs and excise Acts “importer ”, in relation to goods imported by means of a pipe-line, includes the owner of the pipe-line.

(3) Any power of making regulations or other instruments relating to the importation or exportation of goods conferred by the customs and excise Acts may be exercised so as to make provision for the importation or exportation of goods by means of a pipe-line which is different from the provision made for the importation or exportation of goods by other means.

4 Application to certain Crown aircraft.

(1) The provisions of the Customs and Excise Acts 1979 relating to aircraft shall apply in relation to any aircraft belonging to or employed in the service of Her Majesty other than a military aircraft.

(2) In this section “military aircraft ” includes naval and air force aircraft and any aircraft commanded by a person in naval, military or air force service detailed for the purpose of such command.

5 Time of importation, exportation, etc.

(1) The provisions of this section shall have effect for the purposes of the customs and excise Acts.

(2) Subject to subsections (3) and (6) below, the time of importation of any goods shall be deemed to be—

(a) where the goods are brought by sea, the time when the ship carrying them comes within the limits of a port;
(b) where the goods are brought by air, the time when the aircraft carrying them lands in the United Kingdom or the time when the goods are unloaded in the United Kingdom, whichever is the earlier;
(c) where the goods are brought by land, the time when the goods are brought across the boundary into Northern Ireland.
(3) In the case of goods brought by sea of which entry is not required under [F43 regulation 5 of the Customs Controls on Importation of Goods Regulations 1991] , the time of importation shall be deemed to be the time when the ship carrying them came within the limits of the port at which the goods are discharged.

(4) Subject to subsections (5) and (7) below, the time of exportation of any goods from the United Kingdom shall be deemed to be—

(a) where the goods are exported by sea or air, the time when the goods are shipped for exportation;
(b) where the goods are exported by land, the time when they are cleared by the proper officer at the last customs and excise station on their way to the boundary.
(5) In the case of goods of a class or description with respect to the exportation of which any prohibition or restriction is for the time being in force under or by virtue of any enactment which are exported by sea or air, the time of exportation shall be deemed to be the time when the exporting ship or aircraft departs from the last port or customs and excise airport at which it is cleared before departing for a destination outside the United Kingdom.

(6) Goods imported by means of a pipe-line shall be treated as imported at the time when they are brought within the limits of a port or brought across the boundary into Northern Ireland.

(7) Goods exported by means of a pipe-line shall be treated as exported at the time when they are charged into that pipe-line for exportation.

(8) A ship shall be deemed to have arrived at or departed from a port at the time when the ship comes within or, as the case may be, leaves the limits of that port.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F43 Words in s. 5(3) substituted (1.1.1993) by virtue of S.I. 1992/3095, reg. 10(1), Sch. 1 para.3.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C15 S. 5 excluded by Value Added Tax Act 1983 (c. 55, SIF 40:2), s. 50, Sch. 10 para. 4(2)

C16 S. 5(3) modified by S.I. 1986/260, regs. 5(a), 18


Part II
Administration



Appointment and duties of Commissioners, officers, etc.


6 Appointment and general duties of Commissioners, etc.

(1) Her Majesty may from time to time, under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom, appoint persons to be Commissioners of Customs and Excise, and any person so appointed shall hold office during Her Majesty’s pleasure and may be paid such remuneration and allowances as the Minister for the Civil Service may determine.

(2) In addition to the duties conferred on them by or under any other enactment, the Commissioners shall, subject to the general control of the Treasury, be charged with the duty of collecting and accounting for, and otherwise managing, the revenues of customs and excise.

(3) The Commissioners may commission such officers and appoint or authorise such other persons to discharge any duties in relation to any assigned matter on such terms and conditions, and may pay to them such remuneration and allowances, as the Commissioners may with the sanction of the Minister for the Civil Service determine.

(4) The Commissioners may at their pleasure suspend, reduce, discharge or restore any officer or person so commissioned, appointed or authorised.

(5) The days on which and the hours between which offices of customs and excise are to be open or officers are to be available for the performance of particular duties shall be such as the Commissioners may direct.

Annotations:

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C17 References in s. 6 to the Minister for the Civil Service to be construed as references to the Treasury: S.I. 1981/1670, arts. 2(1)(a), 3(5)


7 Privileges of Commissioners, etc.

(1) Save as expressly provided by or under any enactment, no sum granted by way of remuneration or superannuation allowance to any person as being or having been a Commissioner, officer or person appointed by the Commissioners to discharge any duty relating to customs or excise shall before payment thereof to or for the use of that person be capable of assignment or be liable to be taken under or by virtue of any legal process.

(2) The benefits and advantages arising from membership of the Customs Annuity and Benevolent Fund shall be available to and in respect of the Commissioners, all officers and all persons appointed by the Commissioners to discharge any duty relating to any assigned matter.

8 Exercise of powers and performance of duties.

(1) Any act or thing required or authorised by or under any enactment to be done by the Commissioners or any of them may be done—

(a) by any one or more of the Commissioners; or
[F44 (b) any officer or other person acting under the authority of the Commissioners]
[F45 and any statement signed by one or more of the Commissioners certifying that a person specified in the statement was, at a time or for a purpose so specified, acting under the authority of the Commissioners shall be admissible in evidence, and in Scotland shall be sufficient evidence, of the fact so certified.]
(2) Any person, whether an officer or not, engaged by the orders or with the concurrence of the Commissioners (whether previously or subsequently expressed) in the performance of any act or duty relating to an assigned matter which is by law required or authorised to be performed by or with an officer, shall be deemed to be the proper officer by or with whom that act or duty is to be performed.

(3) Any person deemed by virtue of subsection (2) above to be the proper officer shall have all the powers of an officer in relation to the act or duty performed or to be performed by him as mentioned in that subsection.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F44 S. 8(1)(b) substituted for s. 8(1)(b)(c) by Finance Act 1982 (c. 39, SIF 40:1), s. 12

F45 Words added by Finance Act 1982 (c. 39, SIF 40:1), s. 12


9 General duties of Commissioners in relation to customs matters concerning the European Communities.

For the purpose of implementing Community obligations the Commissioners shall co-operate with other customs services on matters of mutual concern, and (without prejudice to the foregoing) may for that purpose—

(a) give effect, in accordance with such arrangements as they may direct or by regulations prescribe, to any Community requirement or practice as to the movement of goods between countries, including any rules requiring payment to be made in connection with the exportation of goods to compensate for any relief from customs duty allowed or to be allowed (and may recover any such payment as if it were an amount of customs duty unpaid) ; and
(b) give effect to any reciprocal arrangements made between member States (with or without other countries or territories) for securing, by the exchange of information or otherwise, the due administration of their customs laws and the prevention or detection of fraud or evasion.

10 Disclosure by Commissioners of certain information as to imported goods.

(1) On being notified at any time by the Treasury that they are satisfied that it is in the national interest that the information in question should be disclosed to persons other than the Commissioners, the Commissioners may disclose through such person as may be specified in the notification such information to which this section applies, in respect of imported goods of such decriptions, as may be so specified.

(2) The information to which this section applies is information contained in any document with which the Commissioners have been provided in pursuance of the Customs and Excise Acts 1979 for the purpose of making entry of any goods on their importation, being information of the following descriptions only, namely—

(a) the description of the goods, including any maker’s catalogue number;
(b) the quantities of the goods imported in a particular period, so, however, that if any quantity is given by value it shall not also be given in any other form;
(c) the name of the maker of the goods;
(d) the country of origin of the goods;
(e) the country from which the goods were consigned.
(3) Without prejudice to paragraph 10 of Schedule 7 to this Act, this section also applies to information of any of those descriptions contained in any document with which the Commissioners have been provided for that purpose after 7th March 1967 in pursuance of the M12 Customs and Excise Act 1952.

(4) The Treasury may by order add to the descriptions of information to which this section applies any further description of information contained in any document such as is mentioned in subsection (2) or (3) above other than the price of the goods or the name of the importer of the goods.

(5) The power to make orders under subsection (4) above shall be exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Annotations:

Marginal Citations

M12 1952 c. 44.


11 Assistance to be rendered by police, etc.

It shall be the duty of every constable and every member of Her Majesty’s armed forces or coastguard to assist in the enforcement of the law relating to any assigned matter.