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  • Weeding out the illegal tobacco trade

    14 July 2020

    Unlicensed manufacturing or production of tobacco products, including ‘chop-chop’ is illegal. Often those who grow and sell black market tobacco are part of organised crime syndicates; they are not honest business owners.

    Whilst many small businesses have been forced to close due to COVID-19, these organised criminals continue to operate. In fact, they've taken advantage of the pandemic to grow illegal tobacco.

    Small businesses involved in the sale of illegal tobacco are not only committing a serious tax crime but also gaining an unfair advantage over honest businesses doing the right thing.

    The sale of black-market tobacco products cost the community approximately $647 million in lost excise revenue in 2017–18. This is money that could have been used to fund essential community services.

    We encourage you to report any concerns or suspicions about illegal tobacco to us. When making a tip-off, the more information you can provide, the better we can work to protect honest businesses and the community by weeding out the illegal tobacco trade in Australia.

    Next step:

    Report your concerns or suspicions about illegal tobacco activity by making a tip-off or phoning 1800 060 062.

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