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High Court opens the way to an appeal on liability for amounts equivalent to duty

Those operating premises licensed for the handling and retention of goods ‘under customs control’ face a number of significant challenges. Front of mind for many operators is the potential liability for amounts equivalent to customs duty when goods are not accounted for, or are not kept safely. Decisions of the AAT and subsequently in the Federal Court in Comptroller General of Customs v Zappia [2017] FCAFC 147 potentially extended this liability to individual directors and officers of the licensee. The Federal Court decision is now being appealed to the High Court, in a case that will be of great interest to those in the customs & trade industry.

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In conjunction with the CBFCA I will be delivering a one hour webinar on 23 May 2018 at 1.00 pm (AEST) relating to liabilities of those operating licensed premises, which will include discussion on the High Court appeal in the Zappia decision and the possible outcomes as well as a discussion on the types of penalties and other liabilities facing those operating in licensed premises. The webinar will also address measures which could be adopted to minimise risks. 

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If you have any issues accessing the above webinar link, please contact the CBFCA directly.

Andrew Hudson
Customs & Trade Partner

T: +61 3 9321 7851

M: +61 418 359 534

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