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Kaohsiung Customs Seizes 216,000 Packs of Smuggled Cigarettes

After seizing 112 kilograms of ketamine at the beginning of August 2018, Kaohsiung Customs, Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance managed to seize another transshipment container of smuggled cigarettes on August 18. An estimation indicated that there were a total of 216,000 packs of cigarettes (i.e. 432 cartons) with a market value of around NT$11 million.


According to Kaohsiung Customs, some officers were doing big data analysis and simulating smuggling operations, as required by the risk management procedures, when the vessel “Godspeed” traveling from Xiamen Port, China was targeted. Two 20’ containers to be transshipped to Cebu Port, the Philippines, with the contents declared as “Ceramic Tiles,” were found to be particularly suspicious. As soon as they had been unloaded at the port, an immediate inspection revealed that one of the containers was full of “Maple” brand cigarettes, which had not been listed in the manifest. As a result, this container of goods was detained as detailed by the Customs Anti-smuggling Act and The Tobacco and Alcohol Administration Act.


Deputy Director of Kaohsiung Customs said that as the tobacco tax has been raised to support long-term care expenses, bringing about significant increases in prices of cigarettes, smuggling tobacco products has therefore become even more lucrative. Smugglers always resort to various means and disguises, trying to make a fortune through fraudulent actions. It was emphasized that in order to ensure tax revenues for the country, as well as to protect its citizens’ health, customs authorities will enforce inspection constantly to prevent smuggled cigarettes from entering our territory. The public is encouraged to report any suspected smuggling activities to customs by calling the toll-free number: 0800-711117.

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  • Publish Date:2018-08-22
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