Amanda Watson
News Editor
3 minute read
4 May 2020
5:55 am

Tobacco smugglers now head into overdrive to maximise profits during ban

Amanda Watson

Former Sars group executive Johann van Loggerenberg says the extended ban will allow smugglers from other countries to refine their methods, settle their routes, and solidify their contacts.

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