Common Customs Law of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
The unification of the customs regulations and procedures in the GCC Member States is one of the most important objectives to be achieved by the customs administrations of the GCC Member States among which is the adoption of a “Common Customs Law” that unifies the customs procedures in all the customs administrations of the GCC Member States and contributes to the enhancement of cooperation in the customs field among the Member States.
The efforts to achieve this objective had been made since 1992 and the technical committee, assigned by the directors general of customs, to do this task had held seventeen meetings for this purpose and concluded with the agreement on the Law referred to above.
To ensure that this Law is in line with the provisions of the international organizations relating to customs, the Secretariat General had dispatched English versions of this Regulation to the World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization for their comments and the Secretariat General received those comments which were passed to the competent technical committee for consideration and proposing appropriate action.
The Common Customs Law of the GCC Member States was adopted by the Supreme Council at the 20th Session (Riyadh, 27-29 November 1999) to be implemented as a reference law for one year from the date adopted by the Supreme Council and to be revised in the light of the comments received by the Secretariat General from the Member States in an attempt to have it compulsorily implemented by all the Customs Administrations of the GCC Member States by 2002.
In order to complete the necessary implementation aspects of the Common Customs Law in the customs administrations of the GCC Member States and to review the comments of the member States and finalize the preparation of the Rules of Implementation and the Explanatory Notes, the Supreme Council , at its 21st Session held in Manama, Bahrain 30-31 December 2000, decided to extend the reference implementation of the Common Customs Law for one more year provided that it should be obligatorily implemented by all the Customs Administrations of the GCC Member States as of January 2002.
The said decision “resolution” of the Supreme Council was a step that had enabled the customs administrations and the ad hoc committees of the GCC Member States to complete all the aspects that would provide the factors of the proper implementation of this Law to achieve the intended objective, that is the unification and facilitation of the customs procedures in the GCC Member States which would enhance Intra-GCC trade and external trade with the rest of the world, and lay down the firm foundations of the GCC Customs Union.
Pursuant to the recommendation of the Ministerial Council, at its 81st Preparatory Session, to adopt the recommendation of the Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee (The Ministers of Finance and Economy of the GCC Member States) at its 55th Meeting concerning the GCC Common Customs Law, the Supreme Council, at its 22nd Session held in Muscat on 30-31 December 2001, resolved as follows:
1. Approval of the amendments proposed to the GCC Common Customs Law , the Rules of Implementation and the Explanatory Notes thereof.
2. This Law shall come into force as of January 2002.
3. Implementation of Articles (9, 98) relating to the Common Customs Tariff and the mechanism for the collection and distribution of duties in the customs union of the GCC Member States shall synchronize with the setting up of the customs union.
4. Article (97) relating to drawback “the refund of the customs taxes ”duties” on the goods re-exported to outside of the GCC Member States” shall be implemented after the issuance of the rules of implementation thereof.
5. Provisions of Article (109) entitling the GCC citizens the right to engage in the activity of customs clearance shall be implemented after the Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee has agreed to permit the GCC nationals to engage in this activity in the GCC Member States.
The Supreme Council, at its 23rd Session held in Doha, Qatar 21-22 December 2002, approved the decisions of the Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee concerning the application of Article (9) " Implementation of the Common Customs Tariff", Article (97) " Drawback", Article (98) " Goods exempted from the customs taxes “duties” and Article (109) permitting the GCC citizens to engage in the activity of customs clearance.
This Law falls in (17) sections comprising (178) Articles containing provisions regulating the customs work, the areas subject to customs control, the nature of the customs procedures at the land, sea , air and post customs offices that apply to the import and export operations, the application of the customs tariff and the collection of the customs duties on the imported goods, the stages of the customs clearance of the goods, the exemptions and temporary admission of goods, the documents to be produced to customs for the clearance of the goods, and the provisions for the establishment of free zones and duty-free shops and the regulation of the work of the customs brokers (clearing agents), the treatment of the customs offences and the smuggling cases and the rights and duties of the customs officers. Hence, this law is deemed as the legal tool regulating the customs procedures in the customs administrations of the GCC Member States as well as the relationship between these administrations and the community of citizens, residents and importers so that the person dealing with the customs administrations would find no difference in the customs procedures applied in any of the GCC Member States. This law does also govern the relationship between these customs administrations and the government departments in each Member State.
When this Law had been prepared, it was taken into account that it would be utilized in the customs work for the time being and it would also prepare the customs administrations of the Member States for the forthcoming phase of the GCC Customs Union as it meets all requirements thereof.
Common Customs Law of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
General Provisions and Definitions
This regulation (law) is called “The Common Customs Law for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC Sates)”.
The following words and terms, wherever mentioned throughout this Regulation “ Law “ , its Explanatory Note and Rules of implementation, shall have the meanings hereby assigned for them, unless the context otherwise requires:
“the Council “means the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
“the Minister “means the minister to whom the Customs Administration reports.
The “competent authority” means the authority to which the customs administration reports.
The "Director General “means the Director General of Customs.
The "Director “means the director of a Customs office.
"Administration “means the Customs Administration.
“Customs office “means the sector, designated by the Minister, at each seaport, airport, and land port or at any other place where there is a branch office of the Administration authorized to complete all or some of the customs procedures.
“Regulation / law “means the rules and provisions governing customs work, and any other supplementing or amending rules or provisions.
“ customs zone/territory “ means that part of the lands or seas subject to the customs control and procedures set forth herein which is of two kinds:
(i). Sea customs zone: Which includes that part of the sea located between the shores and the end boundary of the territorial waters. (ii) Land customs zone: which covers the lands located between the land boundaries or shores, on the one hand, and the internal line on the other hand, to be prescribed by a resolution by the Minister or the competent authority?
“Customs line “means that line conforming to the political boundaries (borders) separating between the country and the adjacent countries and the seashores surrounding that country.
11. “Customs tariff “means the nomenclature containing the descriptions of the goods and the respective taxes and customs duties as well as the rules and notes of the kinds and types of commodities.
“Customs taxes (duties) “means the amounts levied on the goods according to the provisions of this Law.
Fees/charges “means the amounts collected by customs for the services rendered.
“Goods “means any natural, material, animal, agricultural, industrial or intellectual product.
“Type of goods “means the description mentioned in the customs tariff nomenclature.
“the price actually paid or payable” means the total amount paid to the seller, directly or indirectly, for the goods imported by the buyer or for his account.
“the imported goods being valued” means the goods being valued for customs purposes.
“Identical goods” means goods that are the same in all respects, including physical characteristics, quality and reputation. Minor differences in appearance would not preclude goods otherwise conforming to the definition from being regarded as identical.
“Similar goods” means goods which, although not alike in all respects, have like characteristics and like component materials which enable them to perform the same functions and to be commercially interchangeable. The quality of the goods, their reputation and the existence of a trademark are among the factors to be considered in determining whether goods are similar.
“Sales commission” means the commission paid to the seller’s agent who is related to the seller or the factory, governed by or acting for its favor or on its behalf.
“packing costs” means the cost of all packing and coverings (excluding instruments of international traffic” whether for he labor or the materials used for placing the goods in packings suitable for shipping to the GCC Member States.
“Unit price at the greatest total quantity” means the unit price at which certain goods are sold to unrelated persons, at the first commercial level after importation at its state when imported or after further preparation or processing, if the importer so requested.
“Related persons” means persons who are:
(A). legally recognized partners in business,
(b). officers or directors of one another’s business,
(c). employer and employee,
(d). any person directly or indirectly owns, controls or holds 5 per cent or more of the outstanding voting stock shares of both of them,
(e). one of them directly or indirectly controls the other,
(f). both of them are directly or indirectly controlled by a third person,
(g). together they directly or indirectly control a third person,
(h). members of the same family.
“Valuation Agreement “means the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII of the GATT 1994.
“Origin of the goods” means the producing country, whether these goods are natural resources, agricultural crops or animal or industrial products.
“ Prohibited goods “ means any goods the import or export of which is prohibited under the provisions of this Regulation “ Law “ or any other regulation “ law “.
“ Restricted goods “ means those goods the import or export of which is restricted under the provisions of this regulation “law “ or any other regulation “ law “.
“Source “means the country from which the goods are imported.
“Importer “means the natural or legal person importing the goods.
“Exporter “means the natural or legal person exporting the goods.
“ Manifest “ means the document containing a full description of the goods carried on the various means of transport.
“Free zone “means a part of the state’s territories in which commercial or industrial activities are exercised under the respective laws of that state. Any goods entering that zone are considered to be outside the customs zone and shall not be subject to the usual customs control and procedures.
“Duty-free shop” means that licensed building or place wherein goods are placed free of customs duties (taxes) for purposes of display or sale.
"Customs Declaration“ means the goods declaration or the declaration submitted by the importer or his representative describing the elements identifying the declared goods and quantity thereof in details according to the provisions of this regulation “ law “ .
“Storehouse” means that building or place intended for the temporary storage of goods pending their withdrawal under one of the customs procedures whether such place/building is directly administered by the Administration or by the official public agencies or the investors.
36. “Warehouse “means the place or facility wherein the goods are deposited under supervision of the Administration free of customs duties (taxes) according to the provisions herein.
“Carrier “means the owner of a means of transportation or his authorized representative (under an official authorization).
38. “Specified routes “means the routes specified by the minister for the carriage of the imported or exported goods into/from the country or the goods in transit under a resolution.
. “Treasury “means the public treasury.
“Customs Clearance” means documentation of the customs declarations for the imported, exported and transit goods according to the procedures provided for herein.
“Customs broker “means any legal or natural person licensed to undertake customs clearance for the account of the others.
“Representative of the customs broker” means any legal or natural person licensed to follow up customs procedures.
The provisions of this regulation “Law “apply to the sovereign territories and territorial waters of the country. Notwithstanding, free zones, totally or partially excluded from customs provisions, may be established in such territories.
Any goods crossing the customs line, at importation or exportation, shall be subject to the provisions of this regulation (law).
The Administration shall perform its duty at the customs office or customs zone and May also exercise its powers within the extent of the country’s territories and territorial waters under the conditions set forth herein.
Customs offices are established and canceled by a resolution of the minister or the competent authority.
Competencies and work hours of the customs offices are specified by a resolution of the minister or the competent authority.
Subject to the provisions of the articles relating to the inspection of goods, customs procedures shall only be conducted at the designated customs offices as set forth in article 7.
Principles of Application of the Customs tariff
Goods imported into the country are subject to the customs taxes “duties” specified in the customs tariff, and the other applicable fees, excluding those exempted under the provisions of this regulation “ law “or under the Unified Economic Agreement of the GCC Arab states or any other international agreement within the framework of the Council.
The duty rate of the customs tariff shall be either ad Valorem (percentage of the value of goods) or specific (an amount levied on each unit of the goods), or both.
Customs taxes” duties” are levied, amended and abandoned by the legal instrument applicable in each Member State subject to the respective resolutions issued by the Council and the provisions of the international agreements in force.
Resolutions amending the customs taxes “duties” shall specify the date at which such amended taxes “duties” shall be effective.
Imported goods are subject to the customs taxes “duties” applicable at the date of registering the customs declaration with the customs offices unless otherwise provided for in the text of the resolutions amending the customs tariff.
When custom taxes “duties” are to be levied on the goods deposited at the warehouse due to the expiry of the warehousing period, such goods shall be subject to the tariff provisions applicable at the date of lodgment of the customs declaration.
Goods taken out from the free zones and duty-free shops into the local markets are subject to the customs tariff effective at that time.
Smuggled goods (contrabands) or the like are subject to the customs tariff prevailing at the time of the detection or occurrence of smuggling, if applicable, whichever is higher.
The customs tariff effective on the sale day shall apply to the goods sold by the customs office according to the provisions provided for herein.
Damaged goods shall be subject to the customs tariff based on their value at the date of lodgment of the customs declaration.
Prohibition and Restriction
A customs declaration shall be produced for any goods entering or leaving the country; the goods are then presented to the customs authorities at the nearest customs office.
Marine means of transport entering the country, irrespective of their load capacity, are prohibited from anchoring in any seaports (harbors) other than those designated for receiving them, excluding the case of sea emergency or force majeure wherein the shipmaster shall immediately notify nearest customs office or security point of such occurrence.
Vessels, loaded with prohibited or restricted goods or goods subject to high rates of duty, of a loading capacity less than two hundred marine tons may not enter or get involved in the shipping activity within the marine customs zone except in circumstances arising from sea emergency or force majeure, in which case the shipmaster shall promptly notify the nearest customs office or security point of such occurrence, excluding goods transported within the local seaports of the country whose customs procedures have been finalized.
Aircraft departing or arriving in the country may not take off or land at the airports where no customs offices exist unless in cases of force majeure in which case the shipmaster shall promptly notify nearest customs office or security point of such occurrence and submit a report, approved by the customs office notified of that occurrence, unless otherwise provided for in any other regulation (law) or resolution.
Land means of transport may not enter or leave the country through the areas where no customs offices exist.
By virtue of the provisions of this regulation (law) or any other regulation ( law ) or resolution, the Customs Administration prohibits admission, transit or exit of the prohibited goods or infringing goods as well as the entry, transit or exit of any restricted goods except under approval from the competent authorities in the country.
Distinguishing Elements of the Goods
(Origin, Value, type)
Imported goods are subject to the proof of origin according to the rules of origin adopted within the framework of the international and regional economic agreements in force.
The value for customs purposes shall be calculated according to the rules and principles set forth in the rules of implementation.
Acceptance of the value as a distinctive element of the goods requires the following:
1. Any customs declaration shall be accompanied by a detail original invoice. The director general or his representative may allow finalization of the clearance procedures without presentation of the authenticated original invoices and the required documents against an undertaking to produce them within a period not to exceed 90 days from the date of undertaking.
2. The value of the goods shall be proved by producing all original invoices and documents reflecting the value according to the rules set forth in Article 26.
3. The customs office may require all documents, contracts, correspondence and other relevant documents without having to accept all that is stated in them or in the invoices themselves.
4. The Administration may request Arabic translation of the invoices issued in a foreign language showing details of the goods in accordance with the customs tariff as well as the other documents, if so required.
The value of the exported goods is that indicated in the customs declaration plus all the costs until arrival of the goods at the customs office.
Goods not mentioned in the customs tariff (Harmonized System) and the explanatory notes are to be classified according to the classification advice given by the World Customs Organization. Goods that fall under national subheadings in the customs tariff are to be classified within the context of the Unified Customs Tariff of the member States of the Council.
Importation and exportation
Chapter I: Importation
1. Sea transportation
a) Any goods imported into the country by sea shall be registered in the manifest.
b) A single manifest for the whole load signed by the shipmaster shall be made which shall contain the following information:
I. Name and nationality of the ship and its registered load. ii. Types of the goods, total weight thereof and the weight of bulk goods , if any .If goods are prohibited, their actual description shall be mentioned.
iii. Number of packages and pieces, description of packing, marks and numbers thereof.
iv. Names of the consignor and consignee.
v. The seaports where the goods are shipped from (ports of loading).
c) When entering the customs zone, the shipmaster shall present the original manifest to the competent authorities.
d) When the ship enters the harbor, the shipmaster shall submit to the customs office the following:
1. The cargo manifest
2. The manifest of the ship’s supplies (logistics) and the crew’s baggage and belongings.
3. A list of the passengers’ names.
4. A list of the goods to be unloaded at this port.
5. All the shipping documents which the customs office may require for application of the customs regulations.
e) Manifests and documents shall be submitted within sixty-three hours from the time the ship enters the seaport, excluding official holidays.
If the manifest belongs to a ship (vessel) that does not make regular voyages or that does not have a forwarder at the port, or if it is a sail ship, then the manifest must be endorsed by the customs authorities at the shipping port.
a) Cargo of the ships and all other marine means of transportation may be unloaded only within the customs zone at the port. Any shipment may be unloaded or transshipped only under supervision of the customs office.
b) Unloading and transshipment shall be completed according to the conditions laid down by the director general.
Shipmaster, forwarder or his representative shall be held responsible for any shortage in the number of pieces or packages or the amount of the bulk goods until delivery of the goods to the customs warehouses or acceptance of the goods by the owners, if so allowed, subject to provisions of Article 54 herein.
If a shortage in the number of unloaded pieces or packages or in the amount of bulk goods, compared to those mentioned in the manifest, is found out, the shipmaster or his representative shall justify such shortage and prove that it has occurred outside the marine customs zone. If documents cannot be submitted at once, a time period not exceeding six months may be given to submit the same against a guarantee ensuring the Administration’s rights.
2. Land transportation
Customs procedures of the goods imported by land shall be completed at the first customs office and may be referred to another inland customs office, if necessary, under a resolution by the director general.
a) A manifest of the total cargo of the land means of transportation shall be prepared and signed by the carrier or his representative and shall contain adequate information on the means of transportation, its cargo and all other details according to the conditions prescribed by the director general.
b) Carriers or their representatives shall submit the manifest to the port immediately upon arrival therein to.
3. Air transportation
Subject to the provisions of Article 22 herein, aircraft crossing the country borders shall follow the specified routes and shall land only at the airports where customs offices exist.
A manifest of the airplane’s cargo shall be prepared and signed by the captain according to the conditions set forth in paragraphs a, b, c, d, of Article 30 herein.
The captain or his representative shall submit the manifest and the lists mentioned in Article 38 herein to the customs officers and shall deliver theses documents to the customs office upon arrival of the aircraft.
Goods may not be unloaded or dropped out of the aircraft during flight unless it is necessary to do so for safety purposes, provided that the customs office shall be notified of the same, subject to the provisions set forth in the other relevant regulations.
Chapter II: Exportation
Owners of the means of transportation of goods, loaded or unloaded, shallwhen leaving the country- submit to the customs office the manifest according to the provisions of Section 1 of this Chapter and shall obtain exit permission. However, the Director General, may, in certain cases, make an exception to this condition.
Exporters of goods shall proceed with the goods to be exported to the competent customs office and declare them in detail. Carriers towards land borders may not overpass the customs offices.
Chapter III: Postal traffic
Goods are imported or exported by mail according to the provisions of this regulation (law) and subject the other applicable international postal agreements and local regulations in force.
Chapter IV: Common provisions
a) Several sealed packages, assembled in any way whatsoever, may not be stated in the manifest as a single package. Containers, palettes and trailers are subject to the instructions given by the director general.
b) A single consignment may not be split. However, for acceptable reasons, the director general may allow such splitting, provided that such splitting shall not result in a loss to the treasury.
Provisions of Articles 32, 33, and 34 herein shall apply to the land and air transport in respect to the unloading and transshipment of goods. Drivers, captains of aircraft and carriers shall be responsible for any shortage in case of land and air transport.
The Administration may use Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in customs clearance.
Stages of customs clearance
Chapter I: Customs declarations
When clearing any goods , even if exempted from customs taxes and duties, a detailed customs declaration, conforming to the forms approved within the framework of the GCC Member States, shall be submitted to the customs office containing all the information that enable application of the customs regulations and levying applicable customs taxes and duties and for statistical purposes.
Subject to the provisions of clause (1) of Article 27 herein, the director general shall specify the documents to be attached with the customs declarations and the information to be contained therein and shall allow the completion of the clearance procedures in the absence of any of the required documents against cash or bank guarantees or a written undertaking to submit such documents according to the stipulated conditions.
Contents of the customs declarations may not be modified after registration; however, the applicant may apply in writing to the customs office for correction before the customs declaration is referred to inspection.
Owners of the goods or their representatives may check their goods before submitting the customs declaration and may take samples thereof, when necessary, after obtaining permission from the Director and under supervision of the customs office. Such samples shall be subject to the applicable customs taxes “duties”.
No parties other than the owners of the goods or their representatives may have access to the customs declarations excluding competent judicial or official entities.
Chapter II: Examination (Inspection) of goods
The designated customs officer shall examine the goods wholly or partially after registering the customs declarations according to the instructions of the director general.
a) Examination of goods shall take place at the customs office; however in certain cases such examination may be conducted outside the customs office according to the rules laid down by the director general.
b) Transferring the goods to the place of examination and the unpacking and repacking of packages and all the other works required for examination shall be at the expense of the owner of the goods who will be held responsible until arrival of the goods at the place of examination.
c) Goods placed in the customs warehouses or at the places intended for examination may not be removed without approval of the customs office.
d) The individuals carrying the goods and presenting them for examination shall be acceptable to the customs office.
e) Access to the stores, customs warehouses, hangars, sheds and yards intended for the storage or deposit of goods and to the places allocated for examination may not be authorized to any person without approval of the customs office.
Examination shall be conducted only in the presence of the owner of the goods or his representative. Should a shortage in the contents of the packages develop, responsibility for such shortage is determined as follows:
If the goods had been placed in the customs warehouses in packages that are in an apparently proper condition from which it can be ascertained that the shortage of their contents had occurred at the exporting country prior to shipping, then such shortage shall be disregarded.
If the goods entering the customs warehouses o stores are in packages that are not in an apparently proper condition , the entity in charge of these warehouses an stores shall , together with the carrier , record this occurrence in the acceptance report and verify the weight, contents and number of packages. It shall also take the necessary precautions to ensure safety of the goods. In this case the carrier shall be held responsible unless a reservation is indicated on the manifest and endorsed by the customs office of the exporting country in which case the shortage will be disregarded and the pursuit shall be discontinued.
If the goods have been admitted into the customs warehouses and stores in packages that are in an apparently proper condition then they became subject of suspicion, the entity in charge of the warehouses shall be responsible for any shortage or switching, if any.
When the customs office suspects the presence of prohibited or illegal, it shall have the right to open the packages for inspection. Such opening of packages may be authorized in the absence of the owner of the goods or his representative, if he refrains from attending the inspection at the specified time notified to him.
When necessary, the customs office may inspect the goods before notifying the owner of the goods or his representative. Such inspection may be conducted by a committee formed, for this purpose, by a decision of the director general and a report of the findings of inspection shall be made.
a) The customs office may have the goods analyzed by specialized agencies to verify the kind and specifications of the goods or their conformity to the regulations and laws.
b) Goods requiring the availability of certain conditions and specifications to be released shall be subject to analysis (testing) and inspection; however the director may release them against an appropriate undertaking ensuring that they are not to be disposed of until the analysis result has come out.
c) The director general may order that the goods, proved through inspection or analysis to be harmful or not conforming to the approved specifications, be destroyed at the expense and in presence of their owners or their representatives. When necessary, such goods shall be re-exported to the source country in which case a report of the same shall be made.
Customs taxes “duties” shall be levied according to the contents of the customs declaration. Should physical inspection result in a difference (discrepancy) between the goods and what is stated in the customs declaration, customs taxes and duties shall be levied on the basis of this finding without prejudice to the customs’ right to levy the applicable fines, when necessary, under the provisions set forth herein.
If the customs office cannot verify the contents of the customs declaration through inspection of the goods or the documents submitted, it may suspend inspection and request necessary supporting documents.
The customs office may re-inspect the goods under the provisions of Articles 51 - 56 herein.
Chapter III: Provisions relating to passengers
Items or belongings accompanying the passengers shall be declared and inspected at the competent customs offices according to the rules and practices laid down by the director general.
Chapter IV: Adjustment of the value
A valuation committee composed of officers from the administration shall be established by a resolution of the director general to settle the disputes arising between the customs office and the persons concerned about the value of the imported goods. Such committee may seek assistance of experts at its discretion.
Without prejudice to the importer’s right to appeal to court, the importer may appeal before the valuation committee against the decisions of increased value within fifteen days following the registration of the customs declaration or from the date of the valuation notice sent to him by registered mail. Decisions of this committee shall be taken by majority and shall be effective once approved by the director general. The importer shall be informed in writing of the decision taken by the committee concerning his complaint. Such decision shall be reasonable.
a) Should a dispute arise between the competent customs officer and the owner of the goods about the value of the goods due to discrepancy in description, origin or any other reason, the matter shall be referred to the director for settlement. If the director approves the opinion of the customs officer but the owner of the goods does not accept such opinion, the matter shall be referred to the director general for settlement of dispute or for referral to the valuation committee.
b) The director may release the goods in dispute , if not prohibited, after collecting a deposit in an amount equivalent to the sum of the customs duties and taxes determined by the customs office. Samples of the goods shall be temporarily maintained for reference when necessary; such samples shall be returned to the owner of the goods unless they are consumed for inspection and analysis purposes.
Payment of customs taxes “duties” and other charges and the Release of goods
(a) Goods shall be subject to customs taxes “duties” and may not be released unless after completion of their customs procedures and payment of customs duties and taxes according to the provisions herein.
(b) Goods shall be delivered to the owners or their duly authorized representatives according to the procedures prescribed by the director general.
The customs officers assigned to collect customs duties and taxes shall execute an official receipt in the form prescribed by the minister or the competent authority.
When a state of emergency is declared, precautions may be taken for removing the goods against special guarantees and conditions prescribed by the minister or the competent authority.
According to the rules and conditions prescribed by the director general, goods may be released prior to payment of the customs duties and taxes and after completion of the customs procedures against bank, monetary or documentary guarantees.
Cases where customs taxes “duties” are suspended and Drawback
Chapter I: General Provisions
Goods may be admitted and transported to any other place within the country without payment of the customs taxes “duties” against submission of a bail or bank guarantee equivalent to the amount of the customs taxes “duties” payable according to the instructions given by the director general.
Bails, bank guarantees and securities shall be released under discharge certificates according to the conditions prescribed by the director general.
Chapter II: Goods in Transit
Subject to Article 67 herein and the provisions of the Unified Economic Agreement of the GCC Arab States, goods are allowed to transit the territories of the Council states according to the applicable provisions and regulations and the international agreements force.
Transit operations can be completed only at the authorized customs offices.
Subject to the provisions of the applicable regional and international agreements transit goods are transported through the specified routes by the various means of transport at the carrier’s responsibility according to the instructions of the director general. The routes for the transit transportation and the conditions thereof are to be specified by a resolution of the minister or the competent authority.
In the event goods are transported from one customs office to another, the persons concerned may be exempted from submitting a detail declaration at the port of entry and the referral shall be according to the documents and conditions prescribed by the director general.
The minister or the competent authority shall issue the necessary resolutions governing the suspension of the customs duties and taxes applicable to all other kinds of transit transport.
Chapter III: Warehouses
Warehouses inside or outside the customs office shall be established by a resolution of the minister or the competent authority; the rules and conditions controlling such warehouses shall be laid down by the director general.
Goods may be deposited with the warehouses inside or outside the customs office without payment of customs duties and taxes according to the rules and conditions prescribed by the director general.
The Administration is entitled to supervise and control the warehouses, managed by other agencies, under the provisions of this regulation” law” and the other regulations (laws )in force.
Chapter IV: Free zones and duty-free shops
Free zones are established by the legal instrument of each State; the rules and conditions thereof are laid down by a resolution of the minister or the competent authority.
(a). Subject to the provisions of Articles 79 and 80 herein, all foreign goods of whatever kind or origin may be brought into the free zones and duty-free shops , and taken out from them to outside the country or to other free zone and duty-free shops , without being subject to customs duties or taxes.
(b). Subject to the export restrictions and customs procedures applicable to re-exportation, the foreign goods re-exported from inside the country may be admitted into the free zones and duty-free shops.
(c). Goods in the free zones and duty-free shops shall not be subject to any restriction in respect to the period they can remain therein.
The imported goods, stated in the cargo manifest, may not be transferred or admitted into the free zones and duty-free shops unless by approval of the director general and under the conditions and controls prescribed by him.
The following goods may not be admitted into the free zones and duty-free shops:
Flammable goods, excluding the fuels necessary for the operation allowed by the authority supervising free zones and duty-free shops under the conditions prescribed by the competent authority.
Arms, ammunition and explosives, of any kind, except those licensed by the competent authorities.
Goods infringing the laws relating to commercial and industrial property rights and copyright protection in respect of which resolutions have been issued by the competent authorities.
All kinds of narcotic drugs and derivatives thereof.
Goods originated in an economically boycotted country.
Goods prohibited from entering the country; a list of such goods shall be made by each State.
The customs office may carry out inspection works in the free zones and dutyfree shops for detection of prohibited goods, and it may also review the documents and examine the goods when smuggling operations are being suspected.
The management of the free zones and duty-free shops shall submit to the Administration, if so requested, a list of all the goods brought into or taken out from them.
Goods placed at the free zones and duty-free shops may not be transferred to other free zones and duty-free shops, stores or warehouses unless according to the securities, undertakings and procedures prescribed by the director general.
Goods shall be withdrawn from the free zones and duty-free shops into the country according to the provisions of applicable regulations and as instructed by the director general.
Goods taken out from the free zones into the customs office are treated as foreign goods even if incorporating local raw materials or articles on which customs duties and taxes have been collected prior to their admission into the free zones.
National and foreign vessels shall be permitted to obtain all necessary marine equipment from the free zones.
The administration of the free zones and duty-free shops shall be held responsible for all the offences committed by its officers and for the goods illegally taken out from them. All regulations and instructions relating to security, public health, smuggling and fraud control shall remain effective in these free zones and duty-free shops.
The goods imported from the free zones and duty-free shops into or out of the country shall be treated as foreign goods.
Subject to the provisions provided for in this chapter and in the Unified Economic Agreement of the Council countries and the other international applicable agreements, goods shall be temporarily admitted without collection of customs duties and taxes according to the conditions set forth in the Rules of Implementation
The director general may grant temporary admission to the following:
Heavy machinery and equipment for completion of projects or for conducting the experiments and tests relating to such projects.
Foreign goods imported for completion of processing.
Items temporarily imported for playgrounds, theatres, exhibitions and like events.
Machinery and equipment imported into the country for repair.
Containers and packing imported for refilling.
Animals admitted in for grazing.
Commercial samples for exhibition.
The other cases so requiring.
The items provided for herein shall be re-exported or deposited with the free zone, customs offices or warehouses during the temporary admission period prescribed by the Rules of Implementation.
Provisions of the Unified Economic Agreement of the GCC Member States and the other international applicable agreements governing the temporary admission of vehicles shall be observed according to the instructions prescribed by the Rules of Implementation
The materials and articles released by temporary admission may not be used, allocated or disposed of for purposes and objectives other than those for which they were imported and declared in the submitted declarations.
Any shortage develops in the goods released by temporary admission when taken out shall be subject to the customs duties “ taxes “ applicable at the time of admission.
The Rules of Implementation shall prescribe the conditions for practical application of the temporary admission and the guarantees to be produced.
The goods imported into the country, on which customs duties “taxes” were not collected, may be re-exported outside the country or to the free zone according to the procedures and guarantees prescribed by the Rules of Implementation
In certain cases, permission may be given for transshipment of the goods or withdrawal of the goods that were not placed into the customs warehouses, from the wharves to the ships under the conditions prescribed by the director general.
Customs duties “taxes” collected on the foreign goods shall be totally or partially refunded at re-exportation according to the practices and conditions set forth by the Rules of Implementation.
Goods exempted from customs duties “taxes”
The goods agreed to be exempted from customs duties and taxes in the unified customs tariff of the GCC Member States shall be exempted from customs duties and taxes.
Imports of the diplomatic corps, consulates, international organizations and the members of the diplomatic and consular corps accredited by the government shall be exempted from customs taxes “ duties “ on reciprocity basis according to the international agreements , laws and orders in force.
a) The goods exempted under Article (99) herein may not be disposed of or abandoned for a purpose other than that for which they have been exempted ,unless after notifying the Administration of the payment of the due customs taxes “duties “.
b) Customs taxes” duties” are not to be levied if the beneficiary has disposed of the goods, exempted under Article (99) herein, after three years from the date released by the customs office provided that reciprocity basis is available.
c) Exempted vehicles “ cars “ may not be disposed of before the elapse of three years following the exemption date excluding the following cases:
1. Termination of the mission of the diplomatic or consular member benefiting from exemption in the country.
2. The occurrence of an accident to the exempted car which makes it unfit for the use of the diplomatic or consular member based on a joint recommendation by both the Traffic Department and the Administration.
3. The sale by one diplomatic or consular member to another member provided that the assignee shall be entitled to the right of exemption.
The right of exemption for the individuals benefiting from it under Article (99) herein shall begin from the date of commencing their jobs at their official places of work in the country.
Imports for all sectors of the military forces and internal security forces, such as ammunitions, arms, equipment, military means of transport and parts thereof and any other materials, shall be exempted from customs taxes “duties” by a resolution of the Council of Ministers or the authorized authority in each State.
Personal effects and household items
(a). To be exempted from customs taxes “ duties” are the personal effects and used household items brought into the country by the nationals residing abroad or the foreigners coming for the first time for residence in the country, subject to the conditions and controls prescribed by the director general.
(b) To be exempted from customs taxes “duties” are the personal effects and gifts in possession of passengers provided that such items are not of a commercial nature and shall be conforming to the conditions and controls prescribed by the Rules of Implementation.
Imports of the Philanthropic Societies “Charities”
Imports of the Philanthropic Societies “Charities” shall be exempted from customs taxes “duties” according to the conditions and controls prescribed by the Rules of Implementation.
The following goods shall be exempted from customs taxes and duties:
1. Returned goods of national origin that were previously exported.
2. Returned foreign goods that are proved to have been previously reexported to the outside the country, if returned within one year from the date of re-exportation.
3. Goods that have been temporarily exported for finishing or repair shall be subject to the customs taxes “duties” in an amount equivalent to the addition resulting from such finishing or repair according to the decision of the director general.
The minister or the competent authority shall prescribe the conditions to be satisfied for benefiting from the provisions of this article.
(a) The provisions of the exemptions set forth in this chapter apply to the goods covered by exemption, whether directly or indirectly imported or bought from the customs warehouses and free zones subject to the requirements prescribed by the Administration.
(b) Should a dispute arise on whether the goods provided for in this chapter are subject to or exempted from customs taxes and duties, the director general shall settle such dispute.
a. Goods placed in the yards and warehouses of the customs office are subject to the storage, handling and insurance charges and the other services required for the storage and inspection of goods at the applicable rates. However, storage charges shall not, in any way, exceed 50 per cent of the estimated value of the goods. In the event such warehouses are administered by other entities, they may collect such charges according to the provisions and rates specified in this connection.
b. Goods may be subject to the charges of stowage, sealing, analysis and all services rendered.
c. The services and charges mentioned in this Article and the levying conditions shall be determined by a resolution issued by the minister or the competent authority.
A customs broker is any legal or natural person engaged in the preparation of the customs declarations, signing them, submitting them to the customs office and completion of the customs procedures for clearing the goods for the others’ account.
Citizens of the GCC Arab States (natural or legal) have the right to exercise the profession of customs clearance upon obtaining a license from the Administration.
Declaration of the goods at the customs office and the completion of their customs procedures, whether for importation, exportation or transit, shall be accepted from:
1. The owners of the goods or their authorized representatives satisfying the requirements prescribed by the director general including the authorization conditions.
2. Licensed customs brokers.
Endorsement of the delivery order for the name of the customs broker or the representatives of the owners of the goods shall be deemed as an authorization for finalization of the customs procedures without any liability on the part of the customs office for delivering the goods to the endorsee.
The customs broker shall be held responsible for his acts and those of his employees vis-à-vis the importers, exporters and the Administration under the provisions herein.
The director general may issue the directions concerning the following:
1. Licensing requirements for customs brokers,
2. Licensing requirements for the representative of the customs broker,
3. Licensing procedures for customs procedures and their representatives,
4. Obligations of the customs broker and his representative,
5. Requirements for opening the customs clearance offices,
6. The number of customs brokers and their representatives authorized to exercise the profession at the customs offices,
7. The customs office (s) wherein the customs brokers are authorized to work,
8. Procedures of dispensing with the customs brokers and their representatives,
9. Procedures of transfer (movement) of the representatives of customs brokers among the customs clearance offices,
10. Procedures of withdrawing the licenses of the customs brokers and their representatives,
11. Cases of deletion of the licence from the Administration’s register.
Subject to the provision of Article 140 herein and without prejudice to any civil or penal liability set forth herein or in any other regulation (law), the director general may impose on the customs broker and his representative any of the following penalties commensurable with the offence committed:
1. Notice (warning).
2. A fine not to exceed SR 5000 or its equivalent in the currencies of the other Council Member States.
3. Suspension of activity for a period not to exceed two years.
4. Cancellation of the license and final prevention from exercising the profession.
An appeal against the imposition of these penalties may be made before the minister or the competent authority within thirty y days from the date of notification. The resolution (judgment) of the minister or the competent authority shall be final.
The customs broker shall keep a register wherein he records a summary of the customs transactions he has completed for the account of others according to the conditions stipulated by the customs office. This register shall contain the amount of duties paid to the customs office, the fees paid to the broker and any other expenses relating to the transactions. The director or his authorized representative shall have absolute power to have access at any time to these registers (records) without objection by the broker.
Rights and duties of the customs officers
a. The customs officers, when performing their duties, shall be deemed as judicial officers within the limits of their competencies. b. The customs officers, when appointed, are given identification cards indicating the nature of their jobs, to be presented upon request. c. The customs officers shall put on the specified official uniform when performing their duties if the nature of their job so requires.
Civil and military authorities and internal security forces shall render to the customs officers any assistance for the performance of their duties once requested and the customs office shall cooperate with the other official entities.
Customs officers, whose nature of job so requires, are allowed to carry guns. Such officers are designated by a resolution of the minister or the competent authority.
Any customs officer, whose services are terminated for any reason whatsoever, shall return the items in his custody to his immediate supervisor.
The incentives and allowances granted to the customs officers are determined by a decision of the minister or the competent authority based on a proposal form the director general according to the nature of their jobs. Such incentives and allowances shall be effective once approved by the competent authorities. --
Prohibited goods, restricted goods and goods subject to higher customs taxes “duties” as well as the other goods designated by a decision of the director general shall be subject to the provisions of the customs zone. The Rules of Implementation shall specify the conditions of transportation within this zone and he necessary documents and procedures.
Chapter I: Investigation of smuggling
a). Customs officers shall combat smuggling. To this effect, they are authorized to inspect he goods and the means of transport and to search persons under the provisions herein and the other applicable regulations (laws).
b) The body search of women shall be conducted only by a female inspector.
c). In the event there are adequate evidences of the presence of contraband and after obtaining permission from the competent authority, customs officers shall be entitled to inspect any house, store or shop according to the applicable regulations (laws).
d). Customs officers shall not be held responsible for the damages resulting from the proper performance of their jobs.
Authorized customs officers have the right to get aboard the vessels anchoring in the local ports or those entering or leaving such ports and to stay aboard until the cargo is unloaded and they may inspect all parts of the vessel. --
Authorized customs officers have the right to get aboard the vessels in the customs zone for inspection or presentation of the cargo manifest and the other required documents under the provisions herein; when refraining from producing such documents or in the absence of such documents and when contraband or prohibited goods are suspected to be concealed, customs officers may take all necessary measures to seize such goods and shall lead the vessel to the nearest customs office.
The Administration may take appropriate actions for investigating (detecting) smuggling inside and outside the customs office according to the rules laid down by the minister or the competent authority.
Investigation of smuggling, seizure of goods and proving customs offences may be conducted on all goods within the territories of the country in the following cases:
in both the land and maritime (sea) customs zones.
At the customs offices, seaports, airports and all the places subject to customs control.
Beyond the land and maritime (sea) zones when continuously tracking controlled deliveries of the goods that have been witnessed within the zone in a situation that obviously indicates that they are intended to be smuggled.
Customs officers are entitled to have access to the papers, documents, records, correspondence, commercial contracts and instruments whatsoever , directly or indirectly relating to the customs operations, and to seize them when offences are found out which shall be done at the premises of the shipping and transportation companies and the natural and legal persons involved in customs operations. Such companies and persons shall keep all the aforesaid documents for a period of five years from the date of completion of the customs operations. --
Customs officers may detain any person suspected to have committed or attempted to commit an offence or involved in committing any of the following offences:
b). Transporting or acquisition of contraband. Chapter II: Seizure report
The seizure report of the offences and crimes of customs smuggling shall be made according to the practices set forth in this Law.
When the offence/crime or smuggling is detected, a seizure report shall be promptly made by at least two customs officers and it may be made by one customs officer when necessary.
The seizure report shall contain the following details:
The place, date and hour (in letters and figures) it is prepared.
Names of the customs officers who had detected the offence and those who had prepared the seizure report, their signatures and the nature of their jobs.
Names of the offenders or those responsible for smuggling, their nationalities, characteristics, occupations and detail addresses.
Seized goods, kinds and quantities thereof, their value and tariff heading.
Detailed facts, statements of the offenders or the individuals responsible for smuggling and statements of witnesses, if any.
An indication in the seizure report that it has been recited to the offenders or those involved in smuggling who had approved it by signing it or refused to do so.
All the other useful documents and the presence or absence of the offenders or those involved in smuggling when making inventory of the goods. --
Referring samples of the seized contraband to the competent authorities for verification of prohibited materials.
Identifying the authority to which contraband has been delivered and taking an acknowledgement of receipt.
Identifying the security entity to which the smuggler(s) has been delivered and the hour and date of delivery.
a). The seizure report prepared according to Articles 130 and 131 herein is a proof of the material facts that have been seen by the customs officers who had prepared it, unless proved otherwise.
b) The formal deficiency in the seizure report does not cause it to be null and may not be returned to the customs officers who had prepared it unless such deficiency is relating to material facts.
The Customs office may seize the goods subject of offence or smuggling and the other items used for concealment as well as the means of transport whatsoever (i.e. boats, vehicles and animals) excluding vessels, aircraft and public buses intended for the transport of passengers, unless they are specially designed for smuggling purposes.
Smuggled goods or those attempted to be smuggled such as narcotic drugs and the like shall be disposed of according to the regulations and laws in force in the State. Chapter III: Precautionary measures Part I: Precautionary seizure
a. Customs officers executing the seizure report may seize the goods - subject of smuggling or offence- and the means of concealment and transport thereof and seize all documents in order to prove the offences or smuggling and to secure the duties, taxes and fines.
b. The director general may, when necessary, have an order issued by the competent authorities to effect provisional attachment on the properties of the offenders and smugglers as a security of the payment of the customs duties and taxes and fines and implementation of the final decisions and awards issued in this respect. --
The director general may, when necessary and as a guarantee the public treasury’s rights, impose a customs security on the property of the tax (duties) payers or their partners.
Arrest may be authorized only in the following cases:
Smuggling offences in the act.
Resistance to customs officers or security officers that impedes seizure of smuggling cases or customs offences or the persons involved therein.
When the persons are likely to escape in order to avoid the fines, penalties or compensations that might be imposed. The authorized customs officers or the security authorities shall issue the arrest order. The arrested person shall be presented to the competent court within 24 from the time of arrest. Part II: Preventing the offenders and the persons accused of smuggling from leaving the country.
The director general or his authorized representative may ask the competent authorities to prevent the offenders or the persons accused of smuggling from leaving the country, if the value of the seized goods is not sufficient to cover the taxes, duties and fines. Such prevention order shall be cancelled if the offender or the person accused of smuggling has submitted a bail equivalent to the claimed amounts or if it is found out thereafter that the value of the seized gods is sufficient to cover the claimed amounts. -- Chapter IV: Customs offences and penalties thereof
The collected customs fines and seizures provided for herein are deemed as a civil compensation to the Administration and shall not be covered by the provisions of amnesty.
In the even of multiple offences, fines shall be imposed on each offence separately and the severest fine will be sufficient to if the offences are so correlated and cannot be separated.
Excluding the smuggling cases provided for in Article 142 herein and without prejudice to the international agreements in force, a fine shall be imposed on the following offences according to the rules of implementation of this regulation (law):
Offences of importation and exportation.
Offences of customs declarations.
Offences of goods in transit.
Offences of warehouses.
Offences of zones under control of customs.
Offences of temporary admission.
Offences of re-exportation.
Any other offences.
Chapter V: Smuggling and penalties thereof
Part I: Smuggling
Smuggling is to bring or attempt to bring goods into or out of the country in contravention to the applicable laws without payment of the customs taxes “duties, in whole or in part, or contrary to the provisions of prohibition or restriction provided for herein or in the other laws. --
The following actions are particularly deemed as smuggling:
Not proceeding with the goods to the first port of entry (customs office).
Not following the routes specified for getting the goods into or out of the country.
Unloading or loading the ships contrary to the regulations applicable at the customs office or unloading or loading the ships beyond the marine customs zone.
4. Illegal unloading or loading of aircraft cargo outside official airports or dropping goods during flight, subject to the provisions of Article (40) herein.
Not declaring at customs office the incoming or outgoing goods without a manifest including the goods accompanied by passengers, which have a commercial character.
When the goods surpass the customs office at entry or exit without being declared.
Discovering goods, not declared to a customs office, concealed in places or cavities not usually designed for containing such goods.
Increase, shortage or alteration in the number of the packages or the contents thereof in a situation suspending the duties provided for in Chapter VII herein discovered after the goods have left the customs office. This provision applies to the goods that have illegally transited the country or without finalization of their customs procedures in which case the carrier shall be held responsible.
Failure to produce the evidences prescribed by the Administration to justify suspensions of the customs taxes “duties”.
Taking the goods out of the free zones and duty-free shops, customs warehouses, stores or customs zones without finalization of their customs procedures.
Producing false, fraudulent or fabricated documents or lists or affixing false marks intended to evade the customs taxes “duties” in whole or in part, or to avoid the provisions of prohibition and restriction.
Transporting or acquisition of prohibited or restricted goods without submitting evidences supporting their legal importation.
Transporting or acquisition of goods subject to customs authority within the customs zone without legal documents.
. Not re-importation of the goods prohibited from exportation that were temporarily exported for any purpose whatsoever. --
Part 2: Penal responsibility
The penal responsibility for the smuggling offence requires the presence of intention. Determination of this responsibility takes into account the applicable penal provisions. The following are deemed to be penally responsible in particular:
Principal perpetrators (offenders).
Partners in the offence.
Inciters and interferes.
Possessors of contraband.
Owners of the means of transport used for smuggling, drivers and assistants who are proven to be involved in the contraband.
Owners or tenants of the shops and places where contraband are kept or the beneficiaries who are proved to be aware of the presence of contraband in their shops or places.
Part 3: Penalties
Without prejudice to any higher penalty provided for in other regulations applicable in the State, smuggling and like offences and the attempt to commit any of them shall be penalized as follows:
If the smuggled goods are subject to high customs taxes “duties”, the penalty shall be a fine not less than double the payable customs taxes “duties” and not more than double the value of the goods and imprisonment for not one month but not to exceed one year or either of them.
As for the other goods, the penalty shall be a fine not less than double the payable customs taxes “duties” and not more than the value of the goods and imprisonment for not less than one month but not to exceed one year or either of them.
If smuggled goods are exempted from customs taxes “duties”, the penalty shall be a fine of not less than ten percent of the value of the goods and not more than their value and imprisonment for not less than one month but not to exceed one year or either of them.
If smuggled goods are prohibited ones, the penalty shall be a fine not less than the value of the goods, but not more than three times the value and an imprisonment for not less than six months, but not to exceed three years or either of them. --
Confiscation of the smuggled goods or imposing a fine equivalent to the value thereof when the goods are not seized.
Confiscation of the means of transportation and the tools and materials used in smuggling, excluding public means of transportation such as ships, aircraft, trains and public vehicles, unless they are intended or hired for smuggling purposes, or imposing a fine equivalent to their value when goods are not seized.
The penalty may be doubled if the offence is repeated.
The director general may hold the goods and the seized means of transport in case the smugglers have escaped or could not be caught and sell them according to the provisions of Section 14 herein and the proceeds of sale shall revert to the government upon the expiry of one year form the date of sale with the smugglers not being caught. Should the smugglers be caught or bought to court during this period and the goods have been ordered to be confiscated, the order of confiscation shall apply to the proceeds of sale. Chapter VI: Prosecutions (Pursuits) Part I: Administrative prosecutions (pursuits)
a) The director general may issue the necessary orders for collection of the payable customs taxes “duties” and fines, which the payer has not paid.
b) Objection to the collection orders may be made to the Administration within fifteen days from notification date. Nevertheless, this shall not stay execution of the orders (Judgments) unless the claimed amounts are paid under deposit through a bank guarantee or in cash.
a) The fines provided for in chapter 5 of this section shall be imposed by a resolution of the director general or his authorized representative.
b) The offender or his representative shall be notified of the imposed fine by a written notice through the competent authority. The offender shall pay the fines within fifteen days from the date of notification.
The penalization orders (judgments) referred to in the preceding Article may be appealed before the minister or the competent authority during the same period and the minister or the competent authority has the right to confirm, amend or cancel the penalization order. Part 2: Prosecution of the smuggling offences
The action of smuggling offences may be reconsidered only upon written request from the director general. Part 3: Conciliatory settlement (compromise)
a). The director general or his authorized representative mayupon a written request by the person concerned- make a compromise (conciliation), in the smuggling issues, whether prior to the bringing of the action or when the action is being tried and prior to the issuance of the first instant judgment which will be in lieu of all the customs penalties and fines provided for in Article 145 herein.
b). The Manual (directory) of the conciliatory settlements is issued by a resolution of the minister or the competent authority.
Subject to the provisions of Article 150, the conciliatory settlement (Compromise) shall be as follows:
If contraband are goods that are subject to high customs taxes “duties” , the penalty shall be a fine not less than twice the amount of the customs taxes ‘ duties” and not exceeding double the value of the goods.
As regards the other commodities, the penalty shall be a fine not less than the amount of the payable customs taxes ‘ duties” and not exceeding 50% of the value of the goods. --
If the smuggled goods are not subject to customs taxes “duties” (exempted), the penalty shall be a fine not less than 10% of the value of the goods and not more than 50% of their value.
If smuggled goods are prohibited ones, the penalty shall be a fine not less than the value of the goods and not more than three times their value.
Confiscation, release or re-exportation (wholly or partially) of the smuggled goods in question.
Confiscation of the means of transport together with the tools and
Materials used for smuggling excluding the public means of transport such as vessels, aircraft and cars unless these are designed or rented for this purpose.
The action shall be relinquished when a reconcilement is reached.
Chapter VII: Liability and Joint liability
a. The offence and the consequent civil liability in the smuggling offences arise when the material evidences thereof are available. Good faith or ignorance shall not be taken into account. However, the offender shall be exonerated from liability if he is proved to be a victim of a force majeure as well as he who proves that he has not committed any act of offence or smuggling or caused it to occur or be committed.
b. Civil liability shall include, in addition to the offenders and smugglers, the partners, financiers, sponsors, beneficiaries, agents, clients, donators, carriers, possessors and consigners of the goods.
Investors of private shops and premises wherein infringing or smuggled goods are kept shall be held responsible. Whereas investors and employees of public shops and premises as well as the owners, drivers and assistants of public means of transport shall be held responsible unless they prove their ignorance of the presence of such infringing or smuggled goods and that they have not a direct or indirect interest them.
Guarantors (sponsors) shall be responsible, within the limits of their guarantees, for the payment of customs taxes “duties”, fines and the other amounts payable to the Administration by the principal payers.
Customs brokers shall be fully responsible for the offences and smuggling offences they or their authorized employees commit in the customs declarations. But they will not be responsible for the undertakings submitted in the customs declarations unless such undertakings are made by them or they have guaranteed the undertakers.
Owners of the goods, employers and carriers of goods shall be responsible for the acts of their employees and all the persons working for their account in respect to the duties and taxes collected by the customs office and the fines and confiscations provided for herein as a result of such acts.
Heirs shall not be responsible for the payment- from their own shares of the heritage- of the fines payable by the dead offenders from unless they are partners in smuggling. The action (suit) shall be relinquished upon the death of the offender.
Payable customs duties, taxes and fines shall be jointly paid by the offenders or the persons liable for smuggling according to the applicable practices for collecting the funds due to the State Treasury. The seized goods and means of transport, if any, shall be a security for the payment of the payable amounts.
Chapter VIII: Rules of Court Proceedings
First instance customs courts may be established at both the Administration and the customs offices according to the legal instrument applicable in each state.
The first instance customs court shall have the following jurisdictions:
Hearing all smuggling offences and the like.
Hearing all offences committed against the provisions of this regulation (law) and the Rules of Implementation thereof.
Hearing the objections to the collection orders under the provisions of Article 147 herein.
Considering the objections submitted against the penalization judgments under the provisions of Article 148 herein.
The court may request any person accused under this regulation (law) to bring a sponsor to guarantee his appearance before the court or it may decide to detain him until settlement of the issue.
a). Judgments of the first instance customs court may be appealed before an ad hoc appeal court formed under the legal instrument applicable in each State.
b). this court shall try the actions brought to it and shall take its decisions by majority.
c) The period of appeal shall be thirty days from the date of notification of the first instance judgment by default and from the date of pronouncement of the judgment in presence of the litigant. Article 164
The judgments passed by the court of appeal shall be final.
Collection and penalization orders and the judgments passed in the customs matters shall be carried out by all means of execution, after having the final status, on the movable and unmovable property of the offenders. The minister or the competent authority may have an order issued to attach a sufficient amount of such property to cover payment of the claimed amounts.
Sale of Goods
a).The Administration has the right to sell the perishable seized goods and those subject to shortage or leakage or if the goods are in a condition that might endanger the safety of the other goods and the facilities therein.
b) Seized goods which are subject to a considerable depreciation may be sold by authorization from the director general or his representative. The sale of the goods shall be based on a report showing the condition of the goods and the justifications of sale without having to get an order from the competent court, provided that the owner of the goods shall be notified of such sale.
If a judgment (order) to return the goods to its owner is issued thereafter, then price of the sold goods shall be paid to the owner after deducting any payable duties or taxes.
Upon expiry of the period specified by the minister or the competent authority, the Administration may sell the goods placed in the customs warehouses, those existing in the yards or wharves or left out goods at the customs offices.
The Administration shall sell the following:
The goods and means of transport that have become property of the customs under a confiscation judgment, a compromise or a written waiver. --
The goods not withdrawn from the customs warehouses within the legal period specified according to Article 75 herein.
The goods and items whose owners are unknown and which have not been claimed within the storage period specified by the director general or the competent authority.
The Administration assumes no responsibility for any damage caused to the goods being sold under the provisions herein unless it is proved that the Administration had committed an obvious default in the procedures of the sale process.
a. The sales provided for in this Section shall be effected in an auction according to the rules and conditions prescribed by the minister or the competent authority.
b. The goods, items and the modes of transport shall be sold without the customs taxes “duties” and other taxes excluding the commission that shall be borne by the buyer during the sale procedures.
a). The proceeds of sale shall be distributed as follows:
Customs taxes "duties”.
The costs of the sale process.
The expenses incurred by the Administration whatsoever.
. Transportation charges, when necessary.
. Any other charges.
b). The balance remaining from the proceeds of selling the goods, the importation of which is permitted on the day of sale, after deducting the sums provided for in paragraph (a) herein, shall be deposited with the Administration as a deposit. The persons concerned may claim refund within one year from the sale date otherwise such balance will be transferred to the treasury.
c). As for the goods that are prohibited or not allowed to be imported on the day of sale, the remaining balance shall be property of the Treasury.
d). As for the goods that are prohibited, restricted or not allowed to be imported and those sold under a compromise, penal order or a court judgment (relating to smuggling), the remaining balance shall be distributed according to the provisions of Article 172 herein after deducting the taxes ,duties and costs.
The share of the treasury from the proceeds (amounts) of the customs fines and the value of the seized or abandoned goods and means of transport are determined at 50% after deducting the customs duties taxes “duties” and costs. The remaining portion of the balance shall be deposited with the customs rewards fund or with any other account in favour of the customs, to be paid to the individuals who had discovered and seized the offences and their assistants. The rules for distributing such rewards shall be laid down by the minister or the competent authority upon a proposal from the director general.
Privilege of the Customs Administration
For the purpose of collecting the customs taxes “duties” and the other fees and taxes to be collected as well as the fines, compensations, confiscations and refunds, the Administration shall have a general privilege over the movable and unmovable property of the tax payers and offenders, even in the case of bankruptcy, and shall also have precedence over all debts except for the judicial expenses
Any claim or action for refunding the customs taxes “duties” paid since over three years shall not be accepted.
The Administration may destroy the records, receipts, declarations and the other customs documents upon the expiry of five years following finalization of the customs procedures. The Administration shall not be bound to present such documents or give copy thereof to any entity upon the elapse of that period.
Without prejudice to the other regulations and laws in force in the State, prescription period for the Customs Administration, if not prosecuted, shall be as follows:
15 years for the following two cases:
a). Acts of smuggling and the like effective from the date of committing the offence.
b). Execution of the smuggling judgments and the like effective from the date of passing the judgment. 5 years for the following cases, if not claimed:
a). Investigation of the offences from the date occurred.
b). Collection of the fins and the confiscations imposed on the offences with effect from the issuance of the penalization order.
c). Collection of the customs taxes” duties” and the other charges that have not been collected due to a mistake by the customs office effective from the date of lodgment of the customs declaration .
a). the director general may exclude the ministries, government departments and the official public organizations from certain procedures to facilitate their duties.
b). The director general my sell the confiscated or abandoned goods and materials to the interested ministries, government departments and official public organizations, if they express their need for them, at the prices he deems appropriate, or may abandon them free of charge by a resolution by the minister or the competent authority .
The Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee of the GCC Member States shall approve the Rules of implementation of this regulation “law’ which will be issued according to the legal instrument of each Sate.
The Common Customs Law (law) of the GCC Member States shall, when implemented, supersede the customs regulations and laws in force in the Member States within the limits of the constitutional rules and regulations and the basic laws in force in each State without contradiction therewith. ______________ Rules of Implementation Of The GCC Common Customs Law
Value of goods for customs purposes Pursuant to the provisions of Article (26) of the GCC Common Customs Law, the Value of Goods for Customs Purposes shall be determined as follows:
Principles for determining the Value for Customs Purposes as set forth in the Rules of Implementation of the GCC Common Customs Law I. General Provisions
The importer has the right to withdraw his goods upon submitting sufficient guarantee in form of bank or cash deposit, bank guarantee, surety or mortgaged property of equivalent value covering the assessed customs taxes “duties”, if it is found that the final determination of the customs value is delayed.
The importer or any person liable for payment of the customs duties can object and appeal against the assessment of customs value, without penalty, as following:
a. At the administration level:
i. Director, customs port,
ii. Valuation adjudication committee
b. An independent judiciary body.
The information, confidential or provided on a confidential basis for purposes of customs valuation, shall, be treated as strictly confidential, and may not be disclosed except to the extent required to be disclosed in the context of judicial proceedings.
If the declared value is stated in a foreign currency, it should be converted to the domestic currency on the basis of exchange rate announced in bulletins issued by the competent agencies. The registration date of customs declaration shall be the date approved for currency exchange rate. --
In determining the customs value of the imported goods, no discounts or deductions made after the date of importation in the payable or actually paid price will be considered. Also, no credit balances pertaining to previous consignments will be considered at the date of customs declaration registration of the goods being valued at the customs offices.
This Article does not contain any provision that implies restrictions to or doubt in, the right of the Customs to undertake whatever is necessary to ascertain the validity or accuracy of any statement, document or undertaking submitted to the customs for valuation purposes.
(A) If accounting information is required to be utilized for determining the customs value for purpose of applying the provisions of the Clauses IV to VIII of this Article, such information shall be utilized in a manner consistent with generally accepted accounting principles in the GCC countries when applying the Article in question.
(B) The customs may not refuse information prepared according to the generally accepted accounting principles, and submitted by the importer, buyer or producer in connection with the valuation of goods, on the grounds of accounting principles used.
Taking into account provisions of the Clause IV.B of this Article, and in determining the customs value of the information carrier media such as the magnetic tapes or the like, containing data or computer software recorded thereon, the value shall be assessed on the basis of value of such media only without determining the value of information recorded thereon.
Upon written request, the importer has the right to an explanation in writing from the customs administration as how the customs value of the imported goods was determined.
Taking into account the text of Article 2 of the GCC Common Customs Law, and for the purpose of implementing this to determine the value for customs purposes, the following words and expressions mean:
“Price actually paid or payable” means the total payment made or to be made by the buyer or under his knowledge, to or for the benefit of the seller for the imported goods. The payment need not necessarily take the form of a transfer of money. The payment may be made by way of letters of credit or negotiable instruments. Payment may be made directly or indirectly such as settlement by the buyer, in whole or in part, of a debt owed by the seller.
“Imported goods being valued” means the goods being valued for customs purposes. --
“Packing costs” means the cost of all containers (excluding instruments of international traffic) and coverings of whatever nature and of packing, whether for labor or material, used in packing the for shipment to the GCC States.
“Produced” includes grown, manufactured, mined (raw material), the services, or intellectual products.
“Related persons” means:
legally recognized partners in business;
officers or directors of one another’s business;
employer and employee;
any person directly or indirectly owns, controls or holds five per cent or more of the outstanding voting stock or shares of both of them;
one of them directly or indirectly supervises or controls the other;
both of them are directly or indirectly supervised or controlled by a third person;
together they directly or indirectly control a third person; or
Members of the same family.
. “Identical goods” means goods that are the same in all respects, including physical characteristics, quality and trade reputation to, and produced in the same country and by the same person as, the goods being valued. Minor differences in appearance that are ineffective in the value, would not preclude goods which otherwise conform to the definition, from being considered as identical goods. If identical goods produced by the same person cannot be found, goods identical in all respects to, and produced by another person, may be treated as identical goods. “Identical goods” do not include the goods that incorporate or reflect any engineering, development, artwork, design work, plan or sketch undertaken in the GCC States, that are not included in settlements of the transaction value according to the Clause IV.B.1.iv.(d) of this Article.
7. “Similar goods” means the goods produced in the same country and by the same producing person, although not alike in all respects, as the goods being valued, in characteristics, component materials and capability of performing the same functions, and commercially interchangeable with the goods being valued. The quality of the goods, their trade reputation, and existence of a trademark will be factors considered to determine whether the goods are similar. If similar goods produced by the same person cannot be found, goods produced in the same country as, but not produced by the same person, which are like the goods being valued in characteristics and component materials, and are commercially interchangeable with the goods being valued, may be treated as “similar goods”. “Similar goods” do not include the goods that incorporate or reflect any engineering, development, artwork, design work, plan or sketch -- undertaken in the GCC States, that are not included in settlements of the transaction value according to the Clause IV.B.1.iv.(d) of Article.
8. “Unit price in greatest aggregate quantity” means the price at which goods are sold in greatest aggregate quantity that is enough to determining unit price in transactions of sale to persons who are not related to the persons from whom they buy such goods, at the first commercial level after importation in the application of any of the Clause VI.
9. “Goods of same class or kind” means the goods which fall within a group or range of goods produced by a particular industry or industrial sector, including but not limited to, identical or similar goods.
10. “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” means the recognized consensus or substantial authoritative support, at a particular time, regarding the following:
resources and obligations that should be recorded as assets and liabilities;
changes in assets and liabilities that should be recorded;
how the assets and liabilities, and changes in them should be measured;
what information should be disclosed and how it should be disclosed; and
which financial statements should be prepared. 11. “Objective Data” means the information that helps in verifying the following:
an amount added according to Clause IV (b) of this Article to the price actually paid or payable;
any adjustment according to Clause V of this Article;
an amount deducted according to Clause VI of this Article considered as being profit or general expenses, or value arising from further processing; and
an amount added according to Clause VII of this Article considered as being a profit or general expenses.
III. Methods of Customs Valuation:
A. Imported goods will be valued on the basis, and in the order, of the following:
The transaction value provided for in Clause IV;
The transaction value of identical goods provided for in Clause V
(a), if the transaction value cannot be determined according to Clause IV; --
The transaction value of similar goods provided for in Clause V
(b), if the transaction value of identical goods cannot be determined;
The deductive value provided for in Clause VI, if the transaction value of similar goods cannot be determined;
The computed value provided for in Clause VII, if the deductive value cannot be determined; or
The flexible method provided for in Clause VIII, if the computed value cannot be computed.
B. The importer may request application of the computed value method before the deductive value method. Such request must be made at the time of submitting the Customs Declaration to the customs port. If the importer makes the request, but the value of the imported goods cannot be determined using the computed value method, the goods will be valued using the deductive value method if it is possible to do so. If it is found impossible, the value will be determined according to Clause VIII.
IV. Transaction value of the goods being valued:
A. The customs value of the goods imported to the GCC States shall be the transaction value i.e., the price actually paid or payable when the goods are sold for export to the GCC States, according to the provisions of Clause (B) under this method, and subject to the
1. that there are no restrictions as to the disposition or use of the imported goods by the buyer, other than the restrictions provided for in the GCC Common Customs Law, restrictions that limit the geographical area in which the goods may be resold; or the restrictions that do not substantially affect the value of the goods; 2. that the sale or price is not subject to some condition or consideration for which a value cannot be determined with respect to the goods being valued; 3. that no part of the proceeds of any subsequent resale, disposal or use of the goods by the buyer will accrue directly or indirectly to the seller, unless an appropriate adjustment can be made according to the provision of Clause (B) under this method; 4. that the buyer and seller are not related according to Clause II.5 of this Article, or where the buyer and seller are related, that the transaction value is acceptable for customs purposes according to the provisions of Clause (A) under this method, if any of the following conditions is met: a. if an examination of the circumstances surrounding the sale demonstrates that the relationship between the -- buyer and the seller did not influence the price actually paid or payable; or b. if the transaction value of the imported goods closely approximates to one of the test values noted below:. i. a transaction value of identical or similar goods in sales to unrelated buyers at the GCC States; ii. a customs value of identical or similar goods as determined under the Clause VI: Deductive Value; iii. a customs value of identical or similar goods as determined under the Clause VII: Computed Value - When applying Clause IV.A.4.b, the difference adjustment will be taken into account if existed between the declared value and the test value, based on objective data provided by the buyer or available to the customs according Clause II.11 taking into account Clause IV.B. of . These test values may not be used as a substitute value.
B. Additions to the price actually paid or payable (Adjustments):
In determining the customs value according to this Clause IV, the following costs will be added to the extent incurred by the importer but are not included in the price actually paid or payable for the imported goods:
i. commissions and brokerage, except buying commission;
ii. the cost of the containers which are treated as being one for customs purposes with the goods in question;
iii. the cost of packing whether for labor or materials;
iv. the value of the following goods and services (assists) provided by the buyer, directly or indirectly, free of charge or at a reduced cost, for its use in the production of the imported goods and sale thereof for export to the GCC States, provided that such value is properly apportioned:
(a) materials, components, parts and similar items used in production of the imported goods;
(b) tools, dies, molds and similar items used in production of the imported goods;
(c) materials consumed in production of the imported goods; and
(d) engineering, development, artwork, design work, and plans and sketches undertaken elsewhere than the GCC States, and necessary for the production of the imported goods.
v. royalty and license fees related to the goods being valued that the buyer must pay, either directly or indirectly, as a condition of sale of the goods being valued, to the extent that such royalties and fees are not included in the price actually paid or payable;
vi. the value of any part of the proceeds from any subsequent resale, disposal or use of the imported goods that accrues directly or indirectly to the seller;
vii. the cost of transport of the imported goods to the port or place of importation; and
viii. loading, unloading, handling and insurance costs associated with the transport of the imported goods to the port or place of importation.
2. No additions shall be made to the price actually paid or payable except according to the provisions of Clause IV.B. of . Any addition must be made only on the basis of objective and quantifiable data, i.e., on the basis of facts supported by actual figure without personal interpretation taking into account Clause II.11 of . Otherwise, arriving at the transaction value will not be considered feasible under this method.
C. Exclusions from the transaction value: The value for customs purposes shall not include the following costs and amounts provided that they are identified separately from the price actually paid or payable:
1. Post-importation costs, such as:
a. charges for construction, erection, assembly, maintenance or technical assistance, undertaken after importation of goods to the GCC States;
b. transportation, loading, unloading, handling and insurance charges of the imported goods after importation;
c. customs duties or any other taxes levied on the imported goods after importation to the GCC States;
d. dividends or other payments from the buyer to the seller that do not relate to the imported goods;
e. interest that might have accrued on the basis of a financial agreement concluded by the buyer for purchasing the imported goods;
f. activities undertaken by the buyer on his own account; --
2. credit balances with the buyer in favor of the importer;
3. amounts of export subsidy that might be provided by some countries for exportation of some goods; and
4. any anti-dumping amounts when goods are sold at dumped prices (i.e., less than the cost), since the dumping must be treated according to the Anti-Dumping Agreement.
D. If it is found that there are reasonable grounds to doubt validity of the submitted documents or the data contained therein, the importer should be notified in writing, upon his request, of such grounds, and will be given sufficient time, to be specified by the customs port, to provide response. If he does not provide evidence acceptable to the customs port within such period, and the customs value could not be determined according to the provisions of Clause IV of , the value must then be determined according to the methods specified in Clauses V to VIII sequentially until a customs value according to a practical method is established.
V. The transaction value of Identical and Similar Goods:
A. the transaction value of identical goods already accepted as a transaction value according to Clause IV of , sold for export to the GCC States at or about the same date as the export of the goods being valued, at the same commercial level and quantity of the imported goods being valued. Where no such value is found, the transaction value of identical goods sold at a different commercial level and/or in different quantities, adjusted to take account of differences attributable to commercial level and/or to quantity shall be used based on objective data and demonstrated evidence which establishes reasonableness of the adjustment according to Clause II.11. of , whether the adjustment leads to an increase or decrease in the value, taking into consideration the difference in the costs mentioned in the Clauses IV.B.1. of . If more than one transaction value for identical goods is found, the lowest of such values shall be used as the customs value for the goods being valued, according to Clause V.A. of the Interpretative Annex;
B. the transaction value of similar goods already accepted as a transaction value according to Clause IV of , sold for export to the GCC States at or about the same date as the export of the goods being valued, at the same commercial level and quantity of the imported goods being valued. Where no such value is found, the transaction value of similar goods sold at a different commercial level and/or in different quantities, adjusted to take account of differences attributable to commercial level and/or to quantity, based on objective data and demonstrated evidence which establishes reasonableness of the adjustment according to Clause II.11., whether the adjustment leads to an increase or decrease in the value, taking into account the difference in the costs mentioned in Clauses IV.B.1. of . If more than one transaction value for similar goods is found, the lowest of such -- values shall be used as the customs value for the goods being valued, according to Clause V.B. of the Interpretative Annex.
VI. Deductive Value:
The customs value shall be based on the unit price at which the imported goods or identical or similar goods are sold at the first commercial level, in the GCC States’ local market, in the same condition as imported, at the greatest aggregate quantity according to Clause II.8, at or about the time of the importation of the goods being valued, to non-related persons according to Clause II.5 of , but with excluding the sale of the goods incorporating in production any of the assists mentioned in Clause IV.B.1.iv of , subject to deductions for the following:
a. either the commissions (usually paid or agreed to be paid), or the additions usually made for profit and general expenses in the GCC States for goods of the same class or kind;
b. the usual costs of transport and insurance after importation and associated costs in the GCC States, provided that such costs are not included as general expenses according to Clause (a) above;
c. customs taxes “duties”, other taxes or Zakat payable in the GCC States by reason of importation or local sale of the goods, taking into account that such taxes and Zakat shall not be deducted according to this Clause in case the importer records them within the general expenses mentioned in Clause (a) of this method.
If neither the goods being valued nor identical nor similar imported goods are sold at or about the time of importation of the goods being valued, the customs value, taking into account the provisions of Clause 1 of this method, will be based on the unit price at which the imported goods or identical or similar goods are sold in quantities sufficient for determination of the unit price at the first commercial level, in the GCC States’ local market, in the condition as imported at the earliest date after the importation of the goods being valued but before the expiration of ninety days after such importation..
If neither imported goods nor identical nor similar imported goods are sold in the GCC States’ local market in the condition as imported, then, if the importer so requests, the customs value, shall be based on the unit price at which the imported goods, after further processing, unless their identity is lost, are sold at the greatest aggregate quantity, between un-related persons according to the definition in Clause II.5 of , due allowance being made for the value added by such processing, and the deductions provided for in Clause 1 of this method.
VII. Computed Value:
If the customs value could not be determined according to Clause VI of , or in case the importer requested application of the -- computed value before the deductive value according to Clause III (B) of , the customs value, according to the provisions of this Clause, shall be based on the computed value. The computed value shall consist of the sum of:
the cost or value of materials and fabrication or other processing employed in producing the imported goods;
an amount for profit and general expenses equal to that usually reflected in sales of goods of the same class or kind as the goods being valued which are made by other producers in the same country of exportation for export to the GCC States;
the charges and costs listed in the Clauses IV.B.1. (7) and (8) of this Article.<
Any person resident outside the GCC States shall not be required to produce for examination, or to allow access to, any account or other record for the purposes of determining a computed value. However, the customs administration may verify the information supplied by the producer of imported goods for the purposes of determining the customs value under the provisions of in another country, with agreement of the producer, provided a sufficient advance notice is given to the government of the country where the investigation is to take place, and the government does not object to it.
VIII. Flexible Method:
(a) If the customs value of the imported goods cannot be determined under the forgoing methods mentioned in Clauses IV through VIII of Article, the provisions of the same Clauses shall be applied once again sequentially with reasonable flexibility, until the customs value according to the first possible method is arrived at.
(b) If the customs value could not be arrived at by applying those methods even flexibly, reasonable methods not inconsistent with the principles and general provisions of the Customs Valuation Agreement (CVA), the Article VII of the GATT 1994, on the basis of data available anywhere in the GCC States may be applied. However, no customs value shall be determined on the basis of the following:
i . the selling price in the GCC States of goods produced therein;
ii . the higher of the alternative values;
iii . the price of goods in the domestic market of the country of exportation;
iv . the production costs other than the computed value determined under provisions of the Clause VII of ;
v . the price of goods for export to a country other than the GCC States;
vi . arbitrary or fictitious values; or
vii . minimum customs values. --
(c) Upon request, the importer has the right to be informed in writing of the methods adopted for determining the customs value according to provisions of this Clause. This clarification will only cover the goods being appraised, and will not serve as a reference with regard to appraisal of any other goods imported through the same or other port of entry. This procedure is only intended for information purposes, and does not affect or replace procedure of objection and appeal provided for in this Clause.