Customs Civil Penalties Guidance: penalties
There are maximum amounts for penalties. The maximum penalty amounts are given in the Schedules of contraventions.
Generally we do not set the amount of a first penalty at the maximum, although there may be circumstances where this is appropriate.
Where we have set a penalty below the maximum, if a further penalty is needed, we may increase the amount of the further penalty.
In the case of a contravention which is a failure to produce records or information, we set progressively higher penalties the longer the failure continues, subject to a limit. If the failure continues, we will consider alternative action.
We also consider mitigation of a penalty amount.
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