Local March 23, 2017 | 2:39 pm

Dominican, US Customs seize 8.0M cigarettes in container

Santo Domingo.- The Customs Agency on Wednesday announced the confiscation 8.0 million cigarettes found in a container camouflaged as a cargo of fabrics, which entered the country at Haina Oriental Port from Miami.

Customs director Enrique Ramírez accompanied by officials of the US Customs and Border Protection for ports cooperation and executives of the local cigarette manufacturers grouped in ASOCIGAR opened the container with the alleged contraband.

Ramirez warned that Customs remains firmly committed to dealing with illicit trade in cross-border trade. “We’re on the alert to face those companies that try to use our ports, airports and border crossings, to bring goods without paying the corresponding tariffs and taxes, and in the case of cigarettes, without the sanitary measures that the Public Health laws require.”

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