Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cigarette blackmarket seen thriving

From: Manila Standard Today

The  Northern Luzon Alliance in the House of Representatives on Thursday expressed optimism that the Senate will pass a “better” version than the House’s watered-down version of the proposed sin tax reform law. But manufacturer of low-priced cigarettes warned that the blackmarket will thrive should Congress approve the watered-down version that Rep. Victor Ortega of La Union, a member of the alliance, appealed to the senators to keep an open mind and heed calls for a “proportional increase” of excise tax on cigarette products.

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Lessons learned from a life in contraband smuggling

From: The Baltic Times

By Linas Jegelevicius

KLAIPEDA – Just a few years ago, the level of educational activity at Lumpenai secondary school in the Pagegiai district, which is a few kilometers from the Lithuanian-Russian border and is the EU’s easternmost frontier, could not have been any worse. With just a call from a contraband ringleader, a 15-year-old schoolboy in the ninth grade would jump up in the middle of class and run out, followed by a throng of his male classmates. The assignment has come and work needs to be done!

Schuchers and cuckoos

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Customs smashes illicit cigarette smuggling case in Lok Ma Chau

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong Customs today (June 27) smashed an illicit cigarette smuggling case at Lok Ma Chau Control Point. On board a cross-boundary lorry, a total of 86 boxes containing around 1.05 million sticks of duty-not-paid cigarettes were found. The total value is about $2.6 million with a duty potential of about $1.8 million.

In the operation, a 47-year-old man was arrested and the lorry was also seized.
At about 6.45am this morning, Customs officers at Lok Ma Chau Control Point intercepted a logistics lorry. Upon X-ray inspection, 1.05 million sticks of duty-not-paid cigarettes were found while the driver was arrested immediately.

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From Hong Kong: Measures to tackle sales of illicit cigarettes

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Following is a question by the Hon Vincent Fang Kang and a reply by the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Professor K C Chan, in the Legislative Council today (June 27):

Question:

The Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) has recently announced a number of operations which successfully intercepted duty-not-paid cigarettes (illicit cigarettes).However, some reports have reflected that the mode of operation, delivery and selling practices in respect of illicit cigarettes have gradually become more organised and systematic, and that students, elderly people and postal service are used for sending illicit cigarettes to buyers.My email account has also repeatedly received emails promoting the sale of illicit cigarettes.In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

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East Lancashire MP in plain cigarette packaging counterfeiting fear

From: This is Lancashire

PLAIN cigarette packaging to deter youngsters from smoking “is not the way forward”, according to an East Lancashire MP and a leading retail spokesman.

The Government is consulting until July 10 over proposals to remove all distinguishing designs, fonts, and colouring, from the packets of any tobacco sold in shops.

If approved, packets will all be the same colour, and all the brand names on the packets will be in the same-sized fonts.

Those in favour of the proposal feel that by stripping away brand identity, young people will be discouraged from starting to smoke.

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