Customs Consolidation Act 1876

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1876 c. 36


Customs Consolidation Act, 1876.

(39 & 40 Vict.) 36.

An Act to consolidate the Customs Laws.

[24th July 1876]

W HEREAS it is expedient that the several Acts now in force for the management and regulation of Customs should be consolidated into one Act:

Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

As to the appointment of Commissioners of Customs, &c.

As to the appointment of Commissioners of Customs, &c.

S-1 Board of Customs appointed by Her Majesty notto exceed five.

1 Board of Customs appointed by Her Majesty notto exceed five.

1. It shall be lawful for Her Majesty from time to time to appoint, under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom, any number of persons not exceeding five to be Commissioners of Customs, for the collection and management of the Customs of the United Kingdom and of Her Majesty's possessions abroad, and each of such Commissioners when so appointed shall have and hold his office during Her Majesty's pleasure.

S-2 Commissioners subject to the control of the Treasury.

2 Commissioners subject to the control of the Treasury.

2. The Commissioners so appointed shall, in all matters and things relating to the execution of their duties, be subject to the authority, directions, and control of the Commissioners of the Treasury, and shall obey such orders and instructions as shall from time to time be issued to them by the Commissioners of the Treasury.

S-3 Appointment of officers.

3 Appointment of officers.

3. The Commissioners of the Treasury, or, under their authority, the Commissioners of Customs, may appoint proper persons for the management and collection of the Customs, and the performance of all duties connected therewith, under the control and direction of the Commissioners of Customs, and grant to such persons such salaries and allowances, and permit them to receive such emoluments for executing the duties of their respective offices, as they may deem fit, and require of such persons such securities for their good conduct as the Commissioners of Customs shall deem necessary; and such persons shall hold their offices during the pleasure of the Commissionersof the Treasury or of the Commissioners of Customs; and any person so appointed, and holding a deputation or commission shall deliver up the same to the Commissioners of Customs, or otherwise account for the same to their satisfaction, within one week after he shall cease to hold such office or employment, and in default thereof such person may, on conviction before any justice of the peace, be imprisoned in any gaol until he shall deliver up such deputation or commission or account for the same to the satisfaction of the Commissioners of Customs; and all salaries and allowances granted to any officer or other person in the service of the Customs shall be paid without any deduction on accountof any duties imposed by any Act of Parliament, unless expressly charged thereon; and when any sum of money shall have been or shall be granted annually or otherwise to any person who has been employed in the service of the Customs as a superannuation allowance upon the retirement of such person from such service, or as a compensation for past services, it shall not be lawful for the grantee of such allowance or compensation to assign ordispose of the same to any person or persons whomsoever, and any such assignment or disposition shall be void to all intents and purposes, and shall not be enforced in any court of law or equity: Provided that if any officer in the receipt of any salary or allowance shall, by reason of insanity, be placed in any asylum, the Commissioners of Customs may advance and pay out of the salary or allowance accruing due to him such portion thereof as they may see fit for or towards the cost of his maintenance in such asylum.

S-4 Persons employed on service of theCustoms to be deemed officers for such service.

4 Persons employed on service of theCustoms to be deemed officers for such service.

4. Every person employed on any duty or service relating to the Customs, trade, or navigation, either in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, or any of Her Majesty's possessions abroad, by the orders or with the concurrence of the Commissioners of Customs (whether previously or subsequently expressed), shall be deemed to be the officer for that duty or service; and every act required by law at any time to be done by or with any particular officer nominated for such purpose, if done by or with any person appointed by the Commissioners of Customs to act for such particular officer, shall be deemed to be done by or with such particular officer; and every act required by law to be done at any particular place within any port, if done at any place within such port appointed by the Commissioners of Customs for such purpose, shall be deemed to be done at the particular place so required by law.

S-5 Officers taking fee or reward not authorisedby law, to be dismissed.

5 Officers taking fee or reward not authorisedby law, to be dismissed.

5. If any officer, clerk, or any other person acting in any office or employment in or belonging to the Customs shall accept any fee, perquisite, or reward, whether pecuniary or otherwise, directly or indirectly, from any person (not being a person appointed to some office in the Customs) on account of anything done or omitted to be done by him in or in any way relating to his said office or employment, except such as he shall receive under permission of the Commissioners of the Treasury or Customs, such officer, clerk, or other person so offending shall, on proof thereof to the satisfaction of the Commissioners of Customs be dismissed from his office.

S-6 Declaration on admission to office.

6 Declaration on admission to office.

6. Every person who shall be appointed to any permanent office or employment in the Customs under the control and direction of the Commissioners of Customs shall, on his admission thereto, if required by them, make the following declaration:

'I,A.B. , do declare, that I will be true and faithful in the execution, to the best of my knowledge and power, of the trust committed to my charge and inspection in the service of Her Majesty's Customs; and that I will not require, take, or receive any fee, perquisite, gratuity, or reward, whether pecuniary or of any sort or description whatever, either directly or indirectly, for any service, act, duty, matter, or thing done or performed, or to be done or performed, in the execution or discharge of any of the duties of my office or employment, on any account whatever, other than my salary and what is or shall be allowed me by law or by any special order of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury or the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Customs for the time being.'

S-7 Hours of attendance, and division of duties inthose hours.

7 Hours of attendance, and division of duties inthose hours.

7. The Commissioners of the Treasury may, by their warrant, from time to time appoint the hours of general attendance of the Commissioners and officers of Customs, and of other persons in the Customs service, at their proper offices and places of employment; and the Commissioners of Customs may appoint the times during such hours at which any particular parts of the duties of any such officers and other persons shall be performed.

S-8 Holidays.

8 Holidays.

8. No day shall be kept as a public holiday by the Customs, except every Christmas Day and Good Friday, and such other days as are or may be appointed to be kept as such by Her Majesty's proclamation or by Act of Parliament, and, so far as regards Scotland, such days as shall be appointed to be so kept by authority of the General Assembly, and also such days as may be appointed for the celebration of the birthdays of Her Majesty and of her successors, and such days shall be kept as public holidays by the officers and servants of the dock companies in England and Ireland as required by the Holidays Extension Act, 1875.

S-9 Officers of Customs not to serve in public offices.

9 Officers of Customs not to serve in public offices.

9. No Commissioner, officer, clerk, or other person acting in the management or service of the Customs shall be compelled to serve in the militia, or on any jury or inquest, or to assume the office of a mayor or sheriff, or to act in any corporate, parochial, or other public office, and section twelve of ‘The Juries Act, 1870,’ shall not apply to persons hereby exempted; nor shall any soldiers or militia be billettedon any such Commissioner, officer, or other person as aforesaid.

S-10 What shall be deemed orders, &c. ofCommissioners of Customs.

10 What shall be deemed orders, &c. ofCommissioners of Customs.

10. Every order, document, or instrument required by law to be under the hands of the Commissioners of Customs but not required to be signed by two or more of them, being attested by the signature of any one of such Commissioners, and every order, document, or instrument required by any law to be under the hands or under the hands and seals of the Commissioners of Customs, being attested by the hands or the hands and seals of two or more of such Commissioners, shall be deemed to be an order...

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