INTERNATIONAL TRADE ZONE ACT, 1995

PART II - INTERNATIONAL TRADE ZONE

3. (1) The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, declare an area in Seychelles to be an international trade zone and the notice shall define the boundaries of the zone.

(2) Subject to this Act, the laws specified in the Schedule shall not apply to the extent specified in the Schedule to a zone.

(3) Subject to this Act, goods brought into, or services provided to a person in, any place in Seychelles, other than a zone, from a zone shall be deemed to be goods imported into, or services provided from, a place outside Seychelles.

(4) Subject to this Act, goods brought into a zone, or services provided to a person carrying on a business in a zone in respect of that business, from any place in Seychelles, other than a zone, shall be deemed to be goods exported, or services provided to, a place outside Seychelles, from Seychelles.

(5) Goods moving from one zone to another zone or from one zone for the purposes of being exported to a foreign country shall not, while in transit through any other part of Seychelles, be treated as goods which have been imported into Seychelles under subsection (3).

(6) A person shall not carry on a retail trade within a zone without the written permission of the Authority.

(7) For the purposes of ensuring an effective control of the movement of persons, vehicles, goods or services to or from a zone for the purposes of this Act, the Authority shall ensure that a zone is properly enclosed and shall determine the appropriate entry and exit points of the zone.

4. (1) A person shall not, unless the person is -

(a) the holder of a licence to carry on business in a zone;

(b) a person authorized under this Act;

(c) an agent or employee of the holder of a licence referred to in paragraph (a) or has otherwise been engaged by the holder of a licence to carry out any work on or in respect of the holder''s premises in the zone;

(d) authorised in writing by the Authority, enter or remain in a zone.

(2) A person shall not, except in the case of an emergency, enter or leave a zone other than that at the entry or exit point determined by the Authority under section 3.

(3) The Authority or an officer or agent of the Authority, the Comptroller of Trades Tax Import or an officer authorised by the Comptroller of Trades Tax Imports or a police officer may, without a warrant, stop and search a person, vehicle or vessel entering or leaving a zone and seize and detain any goods found on the person , vehicle or vessel and reasonably suspected of being brought into or taken out of the zone in contravention of this Act.

(4) The Authority may issue passes for access to a zone.