Islamabad: According to a press statement issued by the Federal Revenue Service here on Friday, the Federal Revenue Service (FBR) has stepped up its operations to combat illegal and smuggled cigarettes nationwide.
“Tobacco sector is one of the leading sectors of revenue contribution and realizing this significance, FBR has instructed its field formations to gear up their anti-smuggling operations against illicit and smuggled cigarettes,” the statement said.
The Chairman of the Federal Intelligence Agency instructs the Director of the Intelligence and Investigation Service (I&I IR) and the Director of the Intelligence and Investigation Service (I&I Customs) and the consignee to supervise the business and ensure that all possible ways of illegal trade in the tobacco sector are checked so that huge revenues can be avoided outflow.
From July 2020 to November 2020, I&I Customs seized 6.7 million boxes of smuggled cigarettes worth approximately Rs. 542 million.
Similarly, the Tax Administration Network (IREN) established in September 2019 is composed of Pakistan’s chief coordinator, central field coordinator and seven regional law enforcement centers. Its mission is to conduct raids and seizures of counterfeit and non-tariff cigarettes, and seize The number of cigarettes between July 2020 and November 2020 was 35.8 million cigarettes.
The board clarified that despite the ongoing health hazards, its team is still doing its best to contain the threat of smuggling, counterfeiting and non-tariff cigarettes.