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FRCA signs agreement with British American Tobacco Fiji

8 July 2011

To address the growing issue of illicit trade of tobacco products, the Fiji Revenue Customs Authority has signed and launched an operations agreement with British American Tobacco Fiji.

FRCA Chief Executive Officer Jitoko Tikolevu said the sale and use of illegal tobacco which is smuggled, counterfeit or tax evaded continues to rise and presents a large problem for customs and border control authorities.

Tikolevu said it also presents a challenge to government in respect of the loss to government revenue and the threat to the local legitimate tobacco industry.

He said FRCA will be working closely with British American Tobacco Fiji to further strengthen border management and internal control capabilities and procedures.

Story by: Sofaia Koroitanoa

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