According to a report by Bisnis.com on December 28th, the Batam Island customs in Indonesia have incinerated over 6.6 million illicit cigarettes. The destroyed cigarettes, ranging from 2015 to 2023, were valued at 540 million rupees.
Rizal, the chief of customs on Bintan Island, stated that in addition to illegal cigarettes, other items that were destroyed also included alcoholic beverages, electrical goods, tires, and adult products.
According to Leesa, in addition to over 6.6 million illicit cigarettes and over 6 kilograms of tobacco products, the Batam Island customs also destroyed over 6,000 bottles of alcoholic beverages, nearly 1,000 used tires, over 900 mobile phones and computers, as well as over 400 adult products. The estimated total value of the destroyed items is approximately 7.9 billion rupees.
Lisa emphasised that the destruction of these items is in accordance with regulations. She regards the disposal of this batch of goods as a measure taken by customs to protect the public from the infringement of illegal merchandise.