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Customs and Excise Management Act 1979

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37B Postponed entry.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Commissioners may, if they think fit, direct that where—

(a)such goods as may be specified in the direction are imported by an importer authorised for the purposes of this subsection;

(b)the importer has delivered a document relating to the goods to the proper officer, in such form and manner, containing such particulars and accompanied by such documents as the Commissioners may direct; and

(c)the document has been accepted by the proper officer,

the goods may be delivered before an entry of them has been delivered or any duty chargeable in respect of them has been paid.

[F1(1A)The Commissioners may, if they think fit, direct that where—

(a)such goods as may be specified in the direction are imported by an importer who is not authorised for the purposes of this subsection;

(b)a person who is authorised for the purposes of this subsection is appointed as his agent for the purpose of entering the goods;

(c)the person so appointed has delivered a document relating to the goods to the proper officer, in such form and manner, containing such particulars and accompanied by such documents as the Commissioners may direct; and

(d)the document has been accepted by the proper officer,

the goods may be delivered before an entry of them has been delivered or any duty chargeable in respect of them has been paid.]

(2)The Commissioners may, if they think fit, direct that where—

(a)such goods as may be specified in the direction are imported by an importer authorised for the purposes of this subsection;

(b)the goods have been removed from the place of importation to a place approved by the Commissioners for the clearance out of charge of such goods; and

(c)the conditions mentioned in subsection (3) below have been satisfied,

the goods may be delivered before an entry of them has been delivered or any duty chargeable in respect of them has been paid.

(3)The conditions are that—

(a)on the arrival of the goods at the approved place the importer delivers to the proper officer a notice of the arrival of the goods in such form and containing such particulars as may be required by the directions;

(b)within such time as may be so required the importer enters such particulars of the goods and such other information as may be so required in a record maintained by him at such place as the proper officer may require; and

(c)the goods are kept secure in the approved place for such period as may be required by the directions.

[F2(3A)The Commissioners may, if they think fit, direct that where—

(a)such goods as may be specified in the direction are imported by an importer who is not authorised for the purposes of this subsection;

(b)a person who is authorised for the purposes of this subsection is appointed as his agent for the purpose of entering the goods;

(c)the goods have been removed from the place of importation to a place approved by the Commissioners for the clearance out of charge of such goods; and

(d)the conditions mentioned in subsection (3B) below have been satisfied.

the goods may be delivered before an entry of them has been delivered or any duty chargeable in respect of them has been paid.

(3B)The conditions are that—

(a)on the arrival of the goods at the approved place the person appointed as the agent of the importer for the purpose of entering the goods delivers to the proper officer a notice of the arrival of the goods in such form and containing such particulars as may be required by the directions;

(b)within such time as may be so required the person appointed as the agent of the importer for the purpose of entering the goods enters such particulars of the goods and such other information as may be so required in a record maintained by him at such place as the proper officer may require; and

(c)the goods are kept secure in the approved place for such period as may be required by the directions.]

(4)The Commissioners may direct that the condition mentioned in subsection (3)(a) [F3or (3B)(a)] above shall not apply in relation to any goods specified in the direction and such a direction may substitute another condition.

(5)No goods shall be delivered under [F4subsection (1) or (2) above] unless the importer gives security by deposit of money or otherwise to the satisfaction of the Commissioners for the payment of any duty chargeable in respect of the goods which is unpaid.

[F5(5A)No goods shall be delivered under subsection (1A) or (3A) above unless the person appointed as the agent of the importer for the purpose of entering the goods gives security by deposit of money or otherwise to the satisfaction of the Commissioners for the payment of any duty chargeable in respect of the goods which is unpaid.]

(6)Where goods of which no entry has been made have been delivered under [F6subsection (1) or (2) above], the importer shall deliver an entry of the goods under [F7regulation 5 of the Customs Controls on Importation of Goods Regulations 1991] within such time as the Commissioners may direct.

[F8(6A)Where goods of which no entry has been made have been delivered under subsection (1A) or (3A) above, the person appointed as the agent of the importer for the purpose of entering the goods shall deliver an entry of the goods under section 37(1) above within such time as the Commissioners may direct.]

(7)For the purposes of section 43(2)(a) below such an entry shall be taken to have been accepted—

(a)in the case of goods delivered by virtue of a direction under subsection (1) [F9or (1A)] above, on the date on which the document mentioned in that subsection was accepted; and

(b)in the case of goods delivered by virtue of a direction under subsection (2) above, on the date on which particulars of the goods were entered as mentioned in subsection (3)(b) above. [F10and

(c)in the case of goods delivered by virtue of a direction under subsection (3A) above, on the date on which particulars of the goods were entered as mentioned in subsection (3B)(b) above.]

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F7Words in s. 37B(6) substituted (1.1.1993) by S.I. 1992/3095, reg. 10(1), Sch. 1 para.6.

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