|CHAPTER 1 - CUSTOMS AND EXCISE (1ST BOOKLET) CODE | HOME|
|218. Production of documents.|
|Provisions relating to all documents.||Power to require information from importers concerning dumping.|
|Production of documents. 8 of 1991, s. 30. 6 of 1994, s. 10.||218. (1) The proper officer may, within five years of the date of importation or exportation, carriage coastwise, manufacture or delivery of any goods, require the owner thereof -
(a) to produce all books and documents relating in anyway to those goods; and
(c) to make such declaration with respect to the weight, number, measure, strength, value, cost, selling price, origin, destination or place of transhipment of those goods,
(2) The proper officer may require any person who imports, exports or manufactures any goods similar to the goods to which subsection (1) applies but who is not the owner thereof -
(a) to produce all books and documents relating in anyway to his goods; and
(b) to furnish any information or particulars in relation thereto; and
(c) to make such declaration with respect to the weight, number, measure, strength, value, cost, selling price, origin, destination or place of transhipment of his goods previously imported, or intended to be imported by him as the proper officer may think fit.
(3) The proper officer may require a person concerned in the exportation of goods to produce, within such time as the proper officer may consider reasonable, a certificate from the customs authorities at the port of discharge of the due discharge thereat of those goods according to the export entry.
(4) Where a person fails to comply with a requirement made by the proper officer under this section, then the proper officer may refuse entry or delivery, or prevent exportation of the goods, or may allow entry, delivery or exportation upon the deposit of such sum, pending the production of the books and documents, as he may think fit; and a deposit so made shall be forfeited and paid into the customs and excise revenue if the documents are not produced within three months, or such further time as the proper officer may permit of the date of the deposit.
(5) Where a requirement made by the proper officer under this section relates to goods which have already been delivered or exported and the owner fails to comply with that requirement, then the proper officer may refuse to allow the owner to deliver or export any other goods.
(6) The proper officer may retain any document produced by any owner under the provisions of this section but the owner shall be entitled to a copy thereof certified under the hand of the Commissioner; and the certified copy shall be receivable in evidence in all courts and shall have equal validity with the original.
(7) A person who fails to comply with any requirement made under this section shall be guilty of an offence.