5 Oct 2006

Samoa customs agents close cigarette company after owners abscond

10:28 am on 5 October 2006

The Customs office in Samoa is to confiscate one million US Dollars worth of a locally made brand of Chinese tobacco called swordfish or Sa'ula.

The move comes after government officials found the Chinese business men who operated the cigarette factory had fled the country without paying thousands of dollars in excise taxes.

SBC TV reported last night that customs officers are visiting shops, confiscating the cigarettes which are considered a health risk.

The government has also seized the company's assets