Assad Issues Law Exempting Customs Offences From Fines

Revised law waves customs-related fines if overdue duties and taxes are paid on time

President Bashar al-Assad issued law no. 7 for 2015 on Tuesday, exempting customs offences from fines on the condition that duties are paid by the due date.

According to the law, the customs offences listed in the articles no. 277 and 278 of the Customs Law no. 38 for the year 2006 will be exempted from fines listed in article no. 279 if overdue customs duties and other charges and taxes are paid, in addition to paying a fine worth 40 percent of the total value of goods with overdue duties.

The law also stipulates the replacement of certain fines listed in articles no. 253 and 276 of the Customs Law with others whose value is 10 percent of the original amounts imposed if customs duties are paid by the due date.

The exemptions cover the customs offenses committed before September 7, 2013, for which no judicial rulings have been issued. Fines on customs offences in resolved cases will be exempted if they are less than SYP 10,000.

Customs offences related to weapons, drugs, prohibited goods, oil products and subsidized materials are not included in the law.

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