Kaohsiung Customs successfully intercepted a shipping container of smuggled cigarettes with an estimated market value of NT$ 30 million on December 29th, 2020. The risk management mechanism developed by Kaohsiung Customs (KC) continues to prove effective against smuggling attempts by enabling the supervisors of the Examination Section to analyze high-risk declarations and note crucial advice as instruction before physical exams.
The seizure occurred when the above-mentioned container, declared to contain double ash boards from China, was screened for C3 (physical exam) and later deemed highly suspicious after an in-depth analysis. Bearing in mind the advice given by the experienced superiors, KC officers carefully examined the suspect container, resulting in the discovery of approximately 1,000 cases of smuggled cigarettes worth about NT$ 30 million. The contraband cigarettes were confiscated in accordance with the Customs Anti-smuggling Act and the Tobacco and Alcohol Administration Act.
In order to protect national tax revenues and the public's health, KC officers remain vigilant and committed to combating smuggling attempts, deterring smugglers from utilizing disguise and fraud to evade tobacco-related tax. The public is also encouraged to report smuggling activities or trade violations by calling the toll-free number: 0800-711117.