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Customs details new instructions
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 14: The General Administration of Customs has issued instructions regarding the mechanism for dealing with reports issued about seizing smuggled cigarettes, their derivatives and food items at all customs ports, in light of the Unified Customs Law No. 10/2003 for the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Minister of Finance’s Decision No. 30/2003 regarding customs data and regulations, and the current customs instructions, reports Al-Anba daily. The customs instructions published in the official gazette “Kuwait Al-Youm” stated that, “Based on the requirements of the public interest and to facilitate customs procedures, smuggled cigarettes and food supplies will be dealt with in the below manner –
1. Reports are to be issued regarding seizing of smuggled cigarettes, their derivatives and food supplies at all customs ports, with written notification for the violator or his representative about the violation, according to the following:
a) Regarding smuggled cigarettes and their derivatives, a fine of twice the value of the seized goods will be imposed and referred to the state treasury, in accordance with the provisions of Articles 148/151/A – 168 of the Unified Customs Law.
b) A fine of twice the value of the smuggled food supplies shall be imposed, and the food items will be confiscated in accordance with the provisions of Articles 148 and 151/a of the Unified Customs Law.
c) The Legal Affairs Department shall be notified, with a photocopy of the report issued about the incident within 72 hours from the date of its issuance.
2. The Director of the Authentication Department or whomever he delegates shall authorize the Director General of General Customs Administration, in the absence of the Director of the Authentication Department, to impose the aforementioned fines with acceptance of reconciliation against whom the report is issued.
3. If the person concerned files a complaint about the incident, the complaint, with all its attachments, should be referred to the Legal Affairs Department for consideration and submission to the Director General of General Customs Administration.
4. In the event that the violator or his representative fails to pay the fine imposed on him after 15 days from the date of being served, according to the written notification, the matter will be referred to the Legal Affairs Department.