FITA Press Release 21 February 2020

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We commend the efforts of SARS Customs officers stationed at the Durban harbour who yesterday seized a large container of allegedly illegally imported cigarettes which appear to be counterfeits of FITA member Gold Leaf Tobacco’s Chicago brand.

The cigarettes were stashed in 900 boxes in the container, and were allegedly declared as furniture.

FITA and its members welcome the seizure and applaud the efforts of SARS in combatting the illegal trade which has of late ...

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Press release FITA 17 February 2020

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As an organisation we have for long advocated the necessity of transforming the local tobacco industry and have lobbied government in this regard. By way of example, our members were previously precluded, via a number of underhanded practices by some of the multinationals, from buying tobacco from our local farmers.

The winding up of the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (“TISA”) gives our members and other tobacco industry role players slight hope that the ...

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Press release FITA 23 January 2020

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We note yesterday’s (22 January 2020) media announcement that tobacco industry body the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (“TISA”), an organization which represented primarily foreign interests, and which misleadingly claimed to represent the entire legal tobacco sector in South Africa, has announced that “it is to wind up its operations. Its members have taken a decision to redeploy their resources to fulfil their individual strategic objectives”. We however cannot say that we are ...

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Press release FITA 20 November 2019

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We welcome the South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) announcement to members of parliament on 19 November 2019 that it is taking steps to tackle the illicit cigarette trade.

We have over the last 3 months assisted the South African Police Service in seizing over 4 000 master cases of cigarettes, which quantity would attract over R 38 million in taxes alone, smuggled through our various border posts from our neighbouring countries. This amount is only ...

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Press release FITA 04 November 2019

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We have today, after many attempts at engagement, served a request on British American Tobacco South Africa (“BATSA”) in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, Act 2 of 2000 (“PAIA”).

In September 2016 BATSA announced that it had severed ties with forensic investigation firm Forensic Security Services(“FSS”) which had been accused of illegally spying on BATSA’s competitors and colluding with law enforcement agencies to force competitors out of the market.

It has ...

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Press release FITA 25 October 2019

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We note and welcome the announcement by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that the South African Revenue Service is to commission a study into the size of the country’s illicit economy, which study would look into inter alia the size of the illicit trade in cigarettes which has dominated talk in the media for the last number of years largely in part due to the desire of multinational tobacco companies to overstate the size ...

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Press release FITA 02 September 2019

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We commend the continued efforts of both the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) and the South African Police Service (“SAPS”) in ensuring that compliance risks in the tobacco industry along the value chain are kept at a minimum. The detention of a truck containing 1166 cases of cigarettes worth more than R 11 million excluding profit margins (Excise R 8 330.00 + VAT  = R 9579.50 x 1166 = R 11 169 697.00), and not over ...

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Press release FITA 16 August 2019

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We wish to extend our gratitude to everyone, both locally and abroad, who has sent their well wishes to our organisation and our two members who were victims of a senseless and cowardly attack outside our offices on Wednesday 14 August 2019. Thankfully, there were no casualties and the two members are out of danger.

We collectively, as an organisation, take this threat to our security and lives very seriously, and are committed to ...

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Media Statement release FITA 15 August 2019

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We note the numerous media enquiries directed at our organisation relating to an incident which occurred outside our offices yesterday, 14 August 2019.

We confirm the occurrence of an incident outside our offices yesterday. In this regard FITA will issue a statement during the course of today.

We further confirm that members of the SAPS attended at our offices for purposes of conducting their investigations and they were inter alia handed CCTV footage of the ...

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Press release FITA 08 August 2019

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We have in our previous press releases alluded to evidence of too many instances in the past which point to various practices by certain role-players in the tobacco industry that speak to unfair treatment of some by the state, preferential treatment in other cases and various anti-competitive practices. Of late it had seemed that government and its various bodies were listening to our concerns and were taking steps to bring these practices to ...

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