Customs Act 1967 [Act 235]

Part VI   cite [+]

GENERAL PROVISIONS AFFECTING VESSELS IN TERRITORIAL WATERS

43 Master of vessel to obey signals from preventive vessels and instructions by an officer of customs   cite [+]

The master of any vessel in territorial waters shall obey any signal made to him from a preventive vessel or any instructions given by an officer of customs in uniform from any other vessel or any place requiring him to stop or to heave to or to perform any other act.

44 Hovering   cite [+]

(1) If any vessel hovers within territorial waters and on examination is found to be conveying goods dutiable on import or goods of a class the importation of which is prohibited, the master and every member of the crew of such vessel shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, to have imported uncustomed or prohibited goods, as the case may be.

(2) If any vessel hovers within territorial waters and on examination is found not to be carrying any of the goods referred to in subsection (1), such vessel shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, to be hovering for the purpose of receiving dutiable goods upon which export duty has not been paid or prohibited goods exported contrary to a prohibition and the master and every member of the crew of such vessel shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(3) The master of any vessel found without lawful excuse in territorial waters without a clearance for a customs port in Malaysia, or carrying cargo or passengers or both without a proper manifest of such, or found to have passed the customs port named in the papers of such vessel without having made entry and declared at such port, shall be liable on conviction before a Magistrate of the First Class to a fine of two thousand ringgit and to imprisonment for a term of twelve months.

45 Goods unaccounted for to be deemed uncustomed   cite [+]

If goods, other than bona fide ship's stores, are found by a proper officer of customs in any vessel in territorial waters and such goods are not correctly accounted for in the manifest or other documents which ought to be aboard such vessel, then such goods shall be deemed to be uncustomed goods and shall be liable to seizure.

46 Missing goods deemed to have been illegally landed   cite [+]

If in any vessel in territorial waters the quantity of any goods entered in the manifest or other documents which ought to be aboard such vessel, is found by a proper officer of customs to be short, and the deficiency is not accounted for to the satisfaction of such officer, then such goods shall be deemed to have been illegally landed in Malaysia.

47 Proper officer of customs may board vessel in a customs port   cite [+]

When in exercise of the powers conferred by this Act, a proper officer of customs boards any vessel, the master of such vessel shall provide such officer with suitable shelter and accommodation on the vessel while such vessel remains in territorial waters.

48 Power to seal up and secure hatchways goods, etc., and use of ship's stores   cite [+]

(1) When in exercise of the powers conferred by this Act, a proper officer of customs boards any vessel, he shall have the power to fasten down hatchways or entrances to holds, to mark any goods before landing, and to lock-up, seal, mark or otherwise secure any goods, including ship's stores, on board such vessel; and no hatchway or entrance, after having been fastened down by such officer, shall be opened and no lock, seal or mark shall be opened, broken or altered without the consent of the proper officer of customs while the vessel is within the limits of the customs port or before any goods are delivered to be landed.

(2) The Director General may, in his absolute discretion, permit or refuse to permit the taking of anything without payment of customs duty into a ship as ship's stores and in granting permission for the embarkation of anything under this subsection impose such conditions as he may deem fit.

(3) The Director General may, in his absolute discretion, permit or refuse to permit the use, within the territorial waters, of any ship's stores on which customs duty has not been paid.

49 Prohibition of carriage of dutiable goods in local craft   cite [+]

(1) No goods of a class dutiable on import or export or prohibited goods shall be carried in any local craft except with the permission of the Director General and subject to such conditions as the Director General may impose.

(2) Such permission may be granted either generally, by notification in the Gazette, in respect of all local craft or any class or classes of local craft, or specially, in writing under the hand of the Director General or an officer authorized by him in that behalf, in respect of a particular local craft.

(3) No vessel shall go alongside a legal landing place or alongside an ocean going vessel except with the permission of the proper officer of customs.

50 Bulk not to be broken, etc.   cite [+]

After the arrival of any vessel within territorial waters-

(a) bulk shall not be broken;

(b) no alteration shall be made in the stowage of the cargo so as to facilitate the unloading of any part of the cargo, before the permission to land goods required by paragraph 23(1)(b) has been received by the master of such vessel; and

(c) no package shall at any time be opened on board such vessel;


without proper cause shown to a senior officer of customs.

51 Application to aircraft   cite [+]

The provisions of this part shall apply, with such modifications and adaptations as may be necessary, in respect of aircraft arriving at, or departure from, any customs airport.


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