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Infringement Notices

Infringement Notice will be introduced on 1 April 2019. Customs officers will be able to issue instant fines to anyone not complying with the law or Customs requirements.


What do you need to know?

  • Infringement Notices replace the petty offences regime.  They allow for a proportionate response to minor offending, and are more time and cost effective to process than the old petty offences regime.
  • Infringement Notices will come into effect until 1 April 2019 and Customs officers will be able to issue instant fines
  • The fine is $400.00 for an individual and $800.00 for a company
  • There are 70 offences. They are strict liability offences, which means you may have broken the law even if you didn't mean to.

See our brochure (PDF 644 KB) for details on Infringement Notices, your rights, and how to pay.

Who does this impact?

  • International arriving and departing passengers (air and sea)
  • Importers
  • Exporters
  • Excise manufacturers
  • CCAs
  • Brokers.

What is the impact?

As an example, anyone in a Customs-controlled area, which could be a port, airport, storage or transit facility or excisable goods manufacturing area, may be fined on the spot for not complying with requests from Customs officers.

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