Section 191 Customs Act 1901 | Breaking Seals when under Customs Control


Section 191 of the Customs Act 1901 (Cth) deals with Breaking Seals when under Customs Control and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

191 Seals etc. not to be broken

(1) No fastening, lock, mark, or seal placed by an officer upon any goods or upon any door hatchway opening or place upon any ship, aircraft or installation shall be opened, altered, broken or erased whilst the goods upon which the fastening, lock, mark, or seal is placed or which are intended to be secured thereby shall remain subject to the control of the Customs.

Penalty: 50 penalty units.

(2) Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note: For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to an opening, alteration, breaking or erasure by authority.

Note: For by authority, see subsection 4(1).