Furnishing of information and production of documents
(1) Every person who is concerned (whether as manufacturer or exporter, or in any other capacity) with the manufacture or export of clothing items shall-
(a) provide the Commissioner, or an authorized officer, within such time and in such form as the Commissioner or such officer may specify, with such information relating to the manufacture or export of clothing items, or the name and address of the person for or by whom the clothing items are manufactured or exported, as the Commissioner or such officer may require;
(b) on being so required by the Commissioner or such officer produce or cause to be produced any documents or records in his possession relating to the manufacture or export of clothing items for inspection by the Commissioner or such officer and permit the Commissioner or such officer to take copies or make extracts from them or to remove them from his possession for a reasonable period. (Amended L.N. 294 of 1982)
(2) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall disclose otherwise than to the Commissioner, or to a public officer employed by the Customs and Excise Department in his official capacity, any information provided or obtained under subsection (1) (including information obtained from documents or records) without the consent of the person who provided it or from whom it was obtained. (Amended L.N. 294 of 1982)
(3) Subsection (2) does not apply-
(a) to the disclosure of information in the form of a summary of similar information provided by or obtained from a number of manufacturers or exporters of clothing items if the summary is so framed as not to enable particulars relating to the business of any particular manufacturer or exporter to be ascertained from it; or
(b) to any disclosure of information made for the purpose of any legal proceedings brought under this Ordinance, or for the purposes of any report of such proceedings.
(4) Any person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a requirement under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of $1000.
(5) Any person who intentionally discloses any information in contravention of subsection (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of $2000.