Posts tagged: smuggling

Smoking threatens health fabric of society

Tweet THE Consumers Association of Penang welcomes Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s recent statement that the Government will fine those caught smoking or possessing illicit or illegal cigarettes in a bid to reduce demand for such cigarettes, leading to a halt of such smuggling and trading activities. Illegal and contraband brands may cost as low as RM2 per 20 sticks pack, while duty-free cigarettes are smuggled by syndicates and sol ... Jump to full article >>

April 20 mention for RM900,000 fag smuggling case

Tweet JITRA: A magistrate’s court here fixed April 20 to mention the case of two Thais charged with smuggling RM900,000 worth of cigarettes into this country. Magistrate Ahzal Fariz Ahmad Khairuddin said this was to allow the defence to obtain documents related to the case from the prosecution. Ma-Ae Itae, 32, from Bangkok, and Wisut Mekarun, 51, from Sadao, were separately charged with smuggling several types of contraband cigarettes in 1,010 ... Jump to full article >>

Profits from seized cigarettes up in smoke

Tweet Customs and border protection staff in Brisbane have seized more than 2.5 million illegally imported cigarettes. They were found in a shipping container from Hong Kong earmarked to contain bubble wrap and lunch boxes. Under the Customs Act the penalty for smuggling and evading duty is five times the amount of tax evaded and a possible 10-year jail sentence. Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor says the seizure of that many counterfe ... Jump to full article >>

Illicit Cigarettes Flood EU From the East

Tweet Millions of illegally imported cigarettes, many made specifically for smuggling in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, are distributed within the EU every year after passing Poland’s northeastern borders. The point of entry isn’t accidental: Kaliningrad is surrounded by the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone. Cigarette smugglers try their luck on border crossings with Russia and Belarus, and the open border with Lithuania, w ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco taxes set to boost smuggling

Tweet Higher rates of duty raise amount of contraband Treasury gets about 77% of pack price of cigarettes Big tobacco groups are warning Treasury and Customs officials to brace themselves for a tsunami of smuggled cigarettes hitting Britain’s pubs and streets this year as criminal gangs seek to cash in on the UK’s exceptionally high tax rates on tobacco products. Tobacco companies have told ministers that the “tax clouds are g ... Jump to full article >>

Cigarettes Top List Of Smuggled Items

Tweet Brunei-Muara – Cigarettes have shot to the top of the list of smuggled dutiable items in the country following a price hike in tobacco goods in November 2010. This was disclosed during a meeting between Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) officials and grassroots leaders of Mukim Pengkalan Batu. Mouse trails are being used to transport the undeclared goods into the country and RBPF is deploying forest rangers to combat smuggling activiti ... Jump to full article >>

Seven held as 8m cigarettes seized in Armagh

Tweet Seven men were arrested after 8m counterfeit cigarettes were seized near the border in Co Armagh. The cigarettes, which are worth an estimated €2.85m, were discovered hidden in a shipment of under-floor heating pipes. Five of the men arrested are from Co Louth, one is from Co Limerick and the other is from Co Armagh. The cigarettes are thought to have originated in China. They were found inside a 40ft container in Forkhill when commercial ... Jump to full article >>

Jet Airways starts inquiry into cigarette smuggling by staff

Tweet Leading private airline Jet Airways Monday said it had initiated an investigation into the role of four of its cabin crew members who were allegedly caught smuggling cigarettes into Britain. The incident occurred Sunday, when four crew members belonging to a Delhi-London flight were allegedly caught. ‘As regards the said incident, a full-fledged investigation has ensued, based on specific inputs from concerned departments and agencies ... Jump to full article >>

Desperation Builds Up With Sky-High Smokes

Tweet Bandar Seri Begawan – The recent hike in cigarette prices has undoubtedly caused a spike in smuggling attempts whilst also drawing questions from the public of its effectiveness in reducing the number of smokers in the country. Customs officials in the last two months have foiled numerous attempts by individuals who have tried smuggling in cartons of cheap Malaysian duty free cigarettes – in the hundreds in some cases -mainly fr ... Jump to full article >>

Two million cigarettes worth €1m seized by customs

Tweet A MAN is to appear in court after a major cigarette seizure by Customs officers at the weekend. Officers intercepted and searched a container that was being brought into Rosslare port, Co Wexford, on a ferry from Cherbourg on Saturday. They found a consignment of more than two million cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €1m. The haul represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of €750,000. The consignment had been hidden in a ... Jump to full article >>