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NT$20 million worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Kaohsiung

2017/10/17 15:29:29

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Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) A shipment of smuggled cigarettes valued at around NT$20 million (US$662,669) was seized at Kaohsiung port Tuesday, customs officers reported.

The cigarettes, said to be the popular Feng brand, arrived in a 40-foot shipping container from Singapore, the customs officers said, adding that they were still trying to determine the identity of the consignee.

It was the third shipment of smuggled cigarettes seized at the southern port since October 12, according to Kaohsiung Customs Director Chen Shan-Ju (陳善助).

Last Thursday, Kaohsiung customs officers seized 11,300 boxes of smuggled cigarettes worth around NT$250 million, and on the following day intercepted another shipment of 900 boxes valued at NT$20 million, Chen said.

According to Kaohsiung Customs, smuggling rings are probably taking higher risks because the Taiwan government raised the cigarette tax in June, which has increased retail prices by NT$20 per pack.

(By Chen Ja-fo and Isabel Wang)