Policy paper

Customs (Contravention of a Relevant Rule) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Regulations introduce new civil penalties where existing penalties have become obsolete.

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The new penalties take account of the requirements set out in new legislation. The Customs (Contravention of Relevant Rule) Regulations 2003 provide civil penalties for contraventions of the Postal Packets (Customs and Excise) Regulations 1986. However, these Postal regulations were repealed in 2011 and replaced by the Postal Packets (Revenue and Customs) Regulations 2011. Therefore replacement penalties are required to maintain a robust customs civil penalty regime to encourage compliance with the new regulations.

Published 22 July 2014