Cigarettes seized at Sydney Airport, one arrested

2014-04-16 06:58:06 | Al Muslim News
Cigarettes seized at Sydney Airport, one arrested


A 56-year-old Bangladesh man has been stopped at Sydney Airport after not declaring over 19000 cigarettes and 25kg of tobacco. Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) officers selected the man for a baggage examination when he arrived on a flight from Thailand. During the examination, officers found undeclared cigarettes and tobacco located in the man’s luggage. ACBPS National Manager Airport Operations, Craig Sommerville, said that tobacco smuggling is a serious crime as it denies the Commonwealth of legitimate revenue in an attempt to evade tax. “Although it’s legal to import tobacco, it is considered illegal if is not declared at the border and does not have the appropriate duty paid,” said Mr Sommerville. The goods were seized and the prosecution is pending. The maximum penalty for tobacco smuggling is a fine of up to five times the amount of duty evaded or 10 years gaol time..

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