Press Release: Customs Officials seize 272 bottles of alcoholic beverages, nearly 1500 plastic bags and over 500 unused excise stamps

An inspection at a Gzira outlet led Customs Officials to a Qormi warehouse were several excise items and unused excise stamps were seized.

Yesterday, Customs Officials from the Enforcement Unit, accompanied by Customs Officials from the Excise Directorate, were carrying out routine searches as part of the effort by the Customs Department to curb excise fraud, when they discovered alcoholic beverages bearing no excise stamps. The officials decided to check the warehouse from where the beverages derived and, following an extensive search, the officials seized the following contraband items

  • 1,473 plastic bags;
  • 162 bottles of alcoholic beverages, including rum, brandy and several liqueurs;
  • 110 bottles of wine which did not have their excise tax paid; and
  • a total of 510 unused excise stamps.
The Customs Department encourages all operators, and establishments importing or selling excise goods, to make sure that their business is in order, as there will be zero tolerance to unpaid excise dues or mismanagement of excise stamps.