Regional Updates

Contraband cigarettes have become a major problem in Malaysia, 01/02/10

Contraband cigarettes have become a major problem in Malaysia because of high cigarette prices, low penalties and lax enforcement. The Government is losing approximately RM1.5 billion (S$617 million) in revenue annually, disclosed industry players. Furthermore, the illegal market has spawned a major industry which gives syndicates operating smuggling networks up to RM1bil in profits yearly. …

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Singapore Sees 40% Fall In Supply Of Illegal Cigarettes, 25/01/10

Singapore Customs’ Annual Enforcement Results 2009 : Steady Improvement In Contraband Cigarettes Situation. Fall in supply of illegal cigarettes by almost 40%. Singapore Customs’ (SC) annual enforcement results for 2009 have seen steady improvement in the contraband cigarette situation. This is the result of Customs’ stepped-up enforcement action against smuggling, peddling and buying of duty-unpaid …

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