Thursday 18 July, 2019

$110,000 fine for assaulting customs officer

Two women who recent assaulted a customs officer through obstruction after there was a disagreement about the assessment of custom duties on imported items, ended up paying heavy penalties in court.

In a release on the matter late last week, Jamaica Customs Agency issued a warning that persons will be prosecuted for assaulting customs personnel while conducting their official duties.

The assault occurred at the Norman Manley International Airport after one of the women had reportedly exceeded her US$500 duty-free allowance and was assessed for the payment of custom duty.

Both women were charged with obstructing a customs officer, disorderly conduct and using indecent language.

They appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, where they pleaded guilty and were each fined $110,000.

In the release, Jamaica Customs Agency said if there is disagreement regarding an assessment of custom duty or charges, a request can be made for a re-assessment by a supervisor.

The agency said if an individual is still dissatisfied with a re-assessment, the next option is the appeals process through the Valuation and Verification Unit.

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