Lost Tobacco Tax Revenue in South Africa

The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa stated that cigarette smuggling in South Africa causes up to $1.3 Billion (12 Billion South African Rand) in tax revenue losses.

People in South Africa will smoke up to 8 billion cigarettes that were sold on the black market. Smuggled cigarettes account for 30 percent of the entire tobacco market in the country.

Source:  “Smuggled cigarettes cost R12bn in taxes,” fin24, November 5, 2012.