South Africa

half of cigarette sales illegal 

The tobacco industry continues to face rising number of challenges in SA including rising levels of trafficking and an increasingly uncertain regulatory environment.

British American Tobacco (BAT) SA estimates that 47% of the tobacco market in the country is controlled by illicit players, making it one of the largest in the world and costing the fiscus up to R9bn a year in uncollected tax as production volumes are concealed from the authorities. 

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