Cameroon – Customs: Cameroon Customs announces the tracking down of illicit wines and spirits in circulation

Written by Deckson N.

The Director General of Customs, Fongod Edwin Nuvaga, announced that his administration will launch shortly the fight against the illicit trade in the wine sector.

On this, he reminded distributors, transporters and sellers of liquid beverages covered by Chapter 22 of the import code (wines, spirits and other champagnes), that special teams controls will sail in a few days the markets, shops, identified supermarkets and warehouses throughout the territory, in order to ensure the lawfulness of the detention or the circulation of such goods.

Fongod Edwin Nuvaga invites the operators of this sector always require purchase invoices from their suppliers, manufacturing slips, proof of origin, or any document certifying that the goods were cleared regularly. Failure to submit this documentation at the announced controls exposes the concerned to the penalties prescribed by the regulations. In particular, the seizure, destruction and payment of fines.

According to figures available to the customs, 43.69% of wines and spirits in Cameroon are from France, 9.64%, from Spain, 9.59% from the UK, 8.34% from Brazil and 7.34% from South Africa. Between 2010 and 2011, for example, the country imported 11 million liters of alcohol worth about 2.6 billion CFA francs.

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