Guide

Customs seizures and penalties

Regulatory civil penalties for customs contraventions

Customs civil penalties are designed to encourage compliance with legal obligations, and may be imposed when a trader has contravened statutory requirements relating to various types of customs duties and procedures.

Customs civil penalties

A customs civil penalty (CCP) may be imposed when a trader has contravened customs rules/regulations relating to various types of customs duty, import VAT and exports. Schedules containing details of the relevant rules and descriptions of who is liable as well as the maximum penalty amounts that may be imposed for a contravention are available on the HMRC website. Read more information on schedules of relevant rules and export penalties.

Traders may not receive a penalty if they discover and disclose a contravention voluntarily. Read more about calculating penalties.