Sars said that they have met with TISA and FITA to commit themselves in combating illicit trade in cigarette and all tobacco products. File picture: Michaela Rehle/Reuters (ANA) Archives

Johannesburg - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Wednesday, said that they have met with the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) and the Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) to commit themselves in combating illicit trade in cigarette and all tobacco products.

In a statement, Sars said FITA and TISA, which represent approximately 99 percent of the tobacco industry, committed to taking action against any of their members that were found to be contravening the tax, customs and excise laws of the country, including but not limited to suspension and or expulsion.

“The two associations also committed to ensuring that their members fully comply with the relevant legislation at all times. Members who may be in contravention of the laws are encouraged to take corrective action through available avenues, including making full disclosure to Sars,” Sars said.

All parties acknowledge their shared responsibility in combating illicit trade in cigarette and tobacco products in the best interest of economic growth and compliance with tax, customs and excise laws.

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African News Agency (ANA)