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Customs destroy counterfeit cigarettes

The illegal stock of cigarettes being destroyed by the officials at CTC crusher in the presence of Customs Director General Retired Major General Vijitha Ravipriya and company CEO Nadel Salem. Picture by Ranjith Asanka
The illegal stock of cigarettes being destroyed by the officials at CTC crusher in the presence of Customs Director General Retired Major General Vijitha Ravipriya and company CEO Nadel Salem. Picture by Ranjith Asanka

A stock of illegal cigarettes was destroyed on Friday in the sophisticated crusher at the CTC head office in the presence of Senior Customs Officials including Customs Director General Retired Major General Vijitha Ravipriya and CTC Chief Executive Officer Nedal Salem.

The destruction of contraband containing 2,353,780 sticks gives a strong message that the Government does not tolerate the entry of counterfeit cigarettes which would cause massive loss of revenue to the Government.

Custom officials said the stock of counterfeit cigarettes came from a European country through Dubai and the relevant container has been declared as soft tobacco for re-export.

The stock had been found after the officials on suspicion, opened the container.

CTC Chief Executie Officer Nadal Salem said CTC being the largest tax payer for the Government had paid Rs. 120 billion as Government tax.

 


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