• May 21, 2024

Indonesia to Crack Down on Illegal Trade

 Indonesia to Crack Down on Illegal Trade
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The Indonesian Customs and Excise Directorate General wants to lower the share of unlicensed cigarettes after seeing a surge in the illicit products during the coronavirus pandemic, reports The Jakarta Post.

The goal is to bring the market share of illegal cigarettes below 3 percent, down from the 4.8 percent seen in 2020, according to Customs and Excise Director General Askolani. “[With the operation] we are conducting this month and next month, we hope we can reduce it to below 3 percent.”

Customs estimates show that illegal cigarette market share had dropped to 3.03 percent in 2019 before increasing recently.