Administrative Monetary Penalty System


Licensee of a customs sufferance warehouse failed to provide facilities, equipment and personnel, sufficient to control access to the sufferance warehouse and secure storage of the goods.


Occurrence Penalty
1st $500 Footnote *
2nd $750
3rd and subsequent $1,500
Footnote *

A 30-day delay in the escalation of penalty levels from the first to the second will apply to this contravention. Should a second penalty with the same contravention be issued against the same client, the system will not escalate the penalty level to level two unless 30 days have transpired from when the first Notice of Penalty Assessment (NPA) was issued or the infraction occurred. The non-escalation rule applies from the first level to the second level only; it does not apply from the second to the third level.

Return to footnote * referrer

Penalty basis
Per Instance
Retention period
12 months


Non-compliance occurs when the physical security, equipment and personnel, of the sufferance warehouse including; doors, other building components, locks and signs are not sufficient to secure storage of the goods.

This contravention also refers to equipment and personnel such as security systems and security guards.

For failure to ensure the safety and security of goods while in a sufferance warehouse, see C048.

For failure to ensure the safety and security of goods while in a customs bonded warehouse, see C196.



Customs Sufferance Warehouses Regulations, paragraph 11(1)(e)


D4-1-4, Customs Sufferance Warehouses

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