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JAPAN Tobacco International Bhd (JTI Malaysia) has called for concrete policy actions against the illegal trade of cigarettes such as a ban on the transshipment of cigarettes and by designating a single point of entry to support enforcement efforts better.

MD Cormac O’Rourke [...] said in addition to RM5 billion in revenue shortfall each year, Malaysia should also take into account income losses from illegal vaping, which is estimated at RM2 billion annually.

He said the government should continue the moratorium on tax excise increase for at least two more years to prevent further losses.