Customs Department increasing searches at outlets and markets

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Customs Department tighten enforcement gripThe Customs Department has said that in order to combat excise tax evasion and contraband activity, it has increased the number of searches at outlets and open air markets.

In a statement, it said that with the arrival of the summer season, “the Department is committed to tighten its enforcement grip.” It added that is recording an increase in positive cases over last year

In the past couple of months alone, Customs said that over 260,000 contraband cigarettes have been seized from bars, pastizzeria’s, and outlets, while hundreds of bottles of wine and alcoholic beverages are being seized from restaurants and shops on a daily basis.

It said that it is also gearing up to clamp down on the use of illegal fuel, increasing the number of field tests to hamper the illegal operations.

The Customs Department is calling on the public for assistance by providing any information about the sale of contraband cigarettes, alcohol or any illegal activity by calling anonymously on 2568 5124. As from this year, tougher penalties on contraband cigarettes have been introduced.

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