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Published on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:26

Cigarate 410px 14 11 05Doubts have arisen whether Customs officers are involved in the recently seized cases of cigarettes allegedly brought into the country by evading taxes, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns.

The particular suspicion has risen as the majority of the cigarettes which were recently smuggled into the country and seized by the Sri Lanka Customs, were either expired or about to expire.

It is said that there is malpractice of sending off such cigarette stocks to third world countries as the cigarette manufacturing companies of developed countries are forced to bear a large cost when destroying such expired cigarettes.

There is no particular owner for cigarette containers sent thus, reports add.

Though the Customs of other countries return the containers to the respective countries when there is no owner, what Sri Lanka Customs mostly does is opening the containers and seizing the goods inside after a period of 30 days has passed.

It is charged that by notifying that massive amounts tax evasions have taken place during importing such stocks, and imposing a high price on them, customs officers are able to secure financial gains.

Discoveries of such items and officers obtaining huge financial rewards by 'portraying' tax evasions in such instances, has become a frequent occurrence of late, reports add.

A stock of cigarettes and shoes was seized by Customs today (Nov 05) for evading tax amounting to Rs.21,786,000, and reports say that the majority of the seized cigarettes were expired.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:26