May 28, 2017

Lankan company rewards for Chinese cigarette seizures Featured

A local company involved in cigarettes is rewarding officers of the Customs and law enforcement agencies who seize cigarettes that are being imported illegally from China, say Customs sources.

The officers are officially given a certain percentage of the fine imposed on the guilty party, but this company is rewarding them with the intention of maintaining its market monopoly in the country.

When contacted, several Customs officers confirmed this.

Reports say Chinese-made cigarettes are being smuggled into Sri Lanka because Chinese nationals in the country do not like the locally-available produce.

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