Delhi Customs Preventive Seizes 37 lakhs Indonesian Origin Cigarettes in Delhi Industrial Area

·         Smuggled Cigarettes are 1/6th the price of Local Brands

·         The smuggled cigarettes are approximately 5 times cheaper than the duty paid cigarettes.

Indian Customs has seized a total of 7,10,000 nos. sticks of foreign origin cigarettes with brand ‘Djarum Black’ valuing at around Rs 1 crore on 17 June 2022.

Apart from these foreign origin packets of Indian brand cigarettes containing a total of 30,21,500 nos. sticks were also found. These brands were ‘Gold Flame, Gold Clock, Flame, Fun Gold, Impression, Pelicans, and Gold Fighter’.

No documents could be shown by the owner of the goods about the procurement of such goods. The owner of the goods, who got the premises hired, has been apprehended. Further enquiry is on.

The Chief Commissioner of Delhi Customs (Preventive), Surjit Bhujabal, said that “there is zero tolerance in respect of smuggling of cigarettes into the country. Further strict measures are being followed in respect of provisions under Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce, production, supply and distribution) Act, 2003.

The officers of Delhi Customs Preventive searched the Godown premises at an Industrial Area in Delhi.

Smuggling of Cigarettes involves the illicit transportation of it between Continents, Countries and Provinces via air or sea transport, usually with the aim of circumventing taxes and other restrictions on Imports and Exports. This enables smugglers to re-sell this item at a reduced price and/or recuperate the cost that would typically be paid to the state in the form of customs duty.

Presently, more than 100 International smuggled cigarette brands are flooding the Indian market from all over the globe. The smuggled cigarettes are approximately 5 times cheaper than the duty paid cigarettes. E.g. legally duty paid cigarettes would cost Rs. 330 per ten cigarettes and smuggled cigarettes would cost Rs.60 or 80/- per ten cigarettes.

 

Year

Cigarettes

 

No. of cases

Qty of Cigarettes (No. in Lakhs)

Value in (INR Lakhs)

2021-22

16

84.63

1526

2022-23 (up to 10.06.2022)

3

84.64

1595

Almost every day Enforcement authorities in India are making seizures of such unlawful cigarettes in the country. Details of foreign brands cigarettes smuggled into India are given as-

S.No.

Smuggled brands available in India

Name & Address of manufacturer

Country

1.

Win, etc.

Hongyunhonghe Tobacco

China

181 Hongjin Road, Kunming 650202 China

 

2.

Gudang Garam

P.T. Surya Madistrindo

Indonesia

HO-JI. Jend. Ahmad Yani 75-79 Jakarta Pusat, 10510 Indonesia

 

3.

Black

PT Djarum

Indonesia

28 JI, Ahmad Yani Kudus, 59317 Indonesia

 

4.

Pine, Esse, etc.

KT & G71, Beotkkot-gil, Daedeokgu, Daejeon Republic of korea

South Korea

5.

Mond, etc.

Gulbahar Tobacco International Fze.

UAE

Gulbahar group

 

P.O. Box. 61401-Mod. 447/448, R/A No. 13-Jebel Ali Free Zone, dubai-United Arab Emirates

 

 

Apart from above Delhi Customs Preventive Commissionerate has handed over seizers of manufacturing fake/counterfeit Indian origin cigarettes to CGST authorities. The details are given below-

Date of seizure

Qty of Cigarettes (No. in Lakhs)

 27.12.2021

110

07.03.2022

3.07