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AIFAESA raids traditional market forcibly taking illegal cigarettes

AIFAESA raids traditional market forcibly taking illegal cigarettes

Illegal tobacco seized by the AIFAESA. Tatoli's image//Francisco Sony

DILI, 12 march 2022 (TATOLI)- Inspection and Physicalizing and Commercial Authority (AIFAESA) raided Taibesi’s traditional market to control illegal cigarettes.

Sub General-Inspector of AIFAESA Dionísio Neto da Silva said today AIFAESA is conducting an inspection on illegal tobacco and cigarettes in Taibesi’s traditional market.

It aims to ensure all tobacco sellers do not commercialize illegal products in the market.  It is against Timor-Leste’s law No 14/2016 focus on tobacco control regiment.

“We are keeping control for all illegal products and forbidding illegal products not to commercialize in the market. The legal products are allowed to be commercialized.” General Sub Inspector of AIFAESA Dionísio Neto da Silva told reporters at Taibesi market this friday.

AIFAESA has identified five illegal tobacco resellers. The products have been collected as JOKER tobacco 408, 11 medium packs, and 263 small packs of SURYA 12 cigarettes.

AIFAESA will impose a sanction for five illegal tobacco sellers and responsibly pay a fine in the amount of 60 to 1.000 USD.

AIFAESA always provides clear information to all sellers and consumers in all shops and traditional markets across the country to commercialize the legal product.

“ Today AIFAESA has identified five sellers of commercialized illegal tobacco and they all agree to cooperate with the process given to them.” He said

An Illegal Tobacco Seller, Fernando Tilman is required by the government authority to focus on seriously controlling border areas, between Timor-Leste and neighboring country Indonesia.

He added that there is still a lack of control for illegal cigarettes and keep supplying through border lines. The commercialization of illegal tobacco will be continued in the traditional market.

Mario Da Conceição also said all products they illegally purchased from borders market links. Thus, illegal products are still available in the traditional markets.

“We understand it is forbidden to be commercialized in the market.  We were forced to sell to gain some revenue.  On responding to market demand we must sell the illegal product, even if we understand the consequence,” He concluded.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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