Govt loses millions to illegal tobacco trade

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Botswana continues to lose millions to illicit tobacco trade in addition to the repercussions the practice has on public health.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) and the World Bank said this at a workshop meant to discuss initiatives to eliminate all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products.   

In 2013, the Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) reported smuggling and non-declaration of goods resulted in lost revenue of an estimated P947,616 from duties and taxes that could have been charged on cigarettes that year.

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