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GRA confiscates illicit tobacco products valued at ₵7.95 Million

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has intercepted a significant quantity of illicit tobacco products valued at GHS7,951,238.39. 

These products were unlawfully smuggled into the country through unapproved border routes, prompting the GRA to address the issue and uphold the nation’s regulatory standards.

In a statement released on Tuesday, 21 November 2023, the GRA disclosed that the street value of the confiscated products amounted to GHS7,951,238.39. 

None of the brands seized met the standard requirements mandated by the country’s laws, including essential elements such as graphic health warnings, the “For Sale in Ghana” inscription, and Ghana Tax Stamps.

The illicit tobacco brands apprehended included Oris Double Apple, Business Royals, Gold Seal, Bon, Yes, and Business Kings. 

This development underscores the GRA’s commitment to combatting the smuggling, importation, and sale of unauthored tobacco products that have been infiltrating the Ghanaian markets.

“All the confiscated products had been illicitly brought into Ghanaian territory, contravening the Public Health Act, 2012, Act 851, and the Tobacco Control Regulations (TCR), 2016 (L.I. 2247),” the GRA indicated.

The GRA indicated that ongoing investigations would identify and apprehend individuals responsible for this illicit trade. 

The Authority pledged to collaborate closely with relevant government agencies to ensure the arrest, prosecution, and imposition of appropriate sanctions on those involved. 

As part of the legal process, all seized products will be destroyed in adherence to established protocols.

The GRA also urged individuals to report any information on warehouses or illicit storage locations used for hoarding unauthorized tobacco products.

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