By: Chiu Po-sheng and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 29 (CNA) The government’s efforts to step up a clampdown on tobacco
smuggling have borne fruit over the past six months, resulting in the seizure of over 6.22 million packs of smuggled cigarettes during the period, Minister of Finance Sheu Yu-jer (許虞哲) said Monday.
The Ministry of Finance and relevant central and local government agencies have adopted tougher measures to combat cigarette and tobacco smuggling since Oct. 20 last year in anticipation that a law that could double the health surcharge on cigarettes from NT$10 (US$0.33) per pack to NT$20 from June 12 could spur smuggling, according to Sheu. [FULL STORY]