This seizure represents $1 million in evaded government revenue and is the latest interception as part of the work of Customs and Border Protection to stop counterfeit and illegally imported tobacco into Australia.
Australia’s tobacco black market took a big hit today in an industry worth many millions of dollars annually.
Cigarette smugglers attempt to avoid the high taxes placed on cigarettes while passing on the savings to a hooked and avid market. Consumers of these illegal tobacco products fail to see the health implications associated with buying these under the counter products.
Many foreign contaminates have been associated with illegal cigarettes and bulk tobacco products in the past including rat droppings and metal shavings. The health implications to users compared to dollars saved is dire, to say the least.
While customs have been successful in detecting many shipments of illicit tobacco products coming into the country, certain amounts still do escape detection due to the many avenues and resources available to smugglers in such a large Country like Australia.
Filed under: Cigarette taxes