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Bravo! Kaohsiung Customs Hunts Down Another Container Load of Smuggled Cigarettes Valued at 20M NTD

42271551971.jpgKaohsiung Customs successfully intercepted another container of smuggled cigarettes jointly with TCOPP (The Third Special Police Corps, National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior). On the afternoon of February 5th 2014, the Custom officers ferreted out and seized a container load of smuggled cigarettes at Asia Pacific Logistics Co. Ltd. This smuggled shipment, consisting of 420,000 packs in 840 cartons, was packed in a 40-foot container and declared as palm kernel shell in 130 bags from Malaysia.

According to the intelligence data provided by TCOPP, the Customs judicious officers detected this container among the all containers carried by the ship. Due to the fact that the scanned images of the container shown on the monitor of the Customs’ large-scale X-ray machine were dubious, the officers thus decided to open the door and found the whole container load of foreign cigarettes with a total market value of about $20 million NTD ($666,660 USD).

Kaohsiung Customs further said that imported cigarettes are subject to 27% import duty and 5% Value Added Tax (VAT), in addition to $20 NTD ($0.7 USD) of Health and Welfare Surcharge per pack. The price of cigarettes has been risen up by heavy taxes and surcharges, hence smuggling foreign cigarettes into Taiwan has been always a highly lucrative business. However, to safeguard Taiwan nationals’ health and maintain the normal flow of international trade, the Customs has spared no efforts to fight against cigarette smuggling persistently. Moreover, the Customs also appealed for public not to buy unidentified original cigarettes and to inform against smugglers by calling a toll-free call: 0800-711117.

News contact: Ms. Tsai

  • Publish Date:2014-02-12
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