Importing And Exporting Border Controlled Precursors

Importing And Exporting Border Controlled Precursors

Precursors are substances that are used to manufacture drugs. It is a Federal offence to intentionally or recklessly import or export these substances.

Importing And Exporting Border Controlled Precursors
  • A man imports 600 grams of pseudoephedrine into Australia for his own use.
  • A woman exports 5kgs of Ephedrine.
  • You did not import or export a Border Controlled Precursor.
  • You had no reason to believe it was a Border Controlled Precursor.
There are other possible defences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Questions in cases like this
  • Can they prove you imported or exported the precursor?
  • Do you have a lawful reason as to why you imported the substance?

Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge

The maximum penalty for Importing And Exporting Border Controlled Precursors (s307.13 of the Criminal Code Act 1995) is imprisonment for 7 years or a fine of 1,400 penalty units, or both.

This offence is normally heard in the County Court, depending on the weight of the precursor.

The section that covers this offence is section 307.13 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

What is the legal definition of Importing and Exporting Border Controlled Precursors?
A person intentionally or recklessly imported or exported a substance that is a border controlled precursor.

“Did you import or export something that can be used to make drugs?”

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?
Depending on the amount of the substance you imported or exported, and if you have any similar prior convictions, you may get a prison sentence. However, if you have no prior convictions and there is a small amount, you could get a fine or a Community Corrections Order.