Amendments to Customs Order
By Sonia K

To curb the growing incidences of smuggling of subsidised goods, especially fuel and rice, it is hereby notified that with the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam amendments have been made to the Customs Order 2006, which are to take effect from November 1, 2008.

The new Customs (Amendment) Order 2008 provides higher penalties for any person who is in any way concerned with the smuggling of prohibited goods.

The prohibited items specified in the schedule are: rice, paddy and products thereof; premium gasoline; regular gasoline; diesoline and; kerosene.

Any person convicted under the amended law will be subject to: for the first offence to a fine not less than $10,000 and not exceeding $500,000; imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both and; for a second or subsequent offence a fine of not less than $20,000 and not exceeding $500,000 and imprisonment for a term of not less than six months and not exceeding five years or both. - Borneo Bulletin (29th Oct 2008)