帝国烟草加拿大公司推动抵制非法卷烟行动
2009年06月26日来源:烟草在线据CBC报道编译

  烟草在线据CBC报道编译  6月18日,帝国烟草加拿大公司领导人说,加拿大联邦与各省政府控制烟草经销的能力“正在我们周围崩溃。”

  帝国烟草加拿大公司总裁兼首席执行官本杰明·J.建波尔在对《加拿大经济俱乐部》发表讲话的时候说:“加拿大烟草业的三分之一以上已经拱手让给了不受法律约束、不受管理、没有纳税、一切费用都没有缴纳的非法烟草业。”

  加拿大皇家骑警说过,没有纳税的走私卷烟十分普遍,而且仅以合法卷烟价格的一小部分就可以买到,并且常常通过第一国民储备走私进入加拿大。

  帝国烟草加拿大公司说,非法烟草占加拿大出售的卷烟的30%,而这些非法烟草中,有40%是在魁北克出售,48%是在安大略出售。

  帝国烟草加拿大公司估计,加拿大联邦政府和省政府在2008年因走私卷烟损失的税收大约为24亿加元。

  2008年末,安大略审计长吉姆·麦克卡特报告,安大略省估计2006-2007年的税收损失为5亿加元。

  建波尔说:“我们认为,如今的税收损失可能要多一倍。”

  为了对付蜂拥而至的非法产品,他提出以下建议:

  建波尔建议可以制定一个关于第一国民税(相当于省烟税)的税收分享协议。

  他说:“这可以促进整个加拿大的控烟工作,包括可能受益于这种税的收益的保留区。让我们使那些从健康管理部门到第一国民社会的所有相关人都参与进来。”

  建波尔说,社区、企业与健康组织,以及零售商等都呼吁政府采取行动。

  他说:“不是每天都能让烟草公司和健康组织为同一件事情请求政府的。而当你们看到烟草公司与健康组织为同一件事情请求政府时候,难道还不是倾听它们的请求的时候吗?”

Imperial Tobacco pushes for action on cigarette smuggling

CBC
Thu Jun 18, 12:52 PM

  The ability of the federal and provincial governments to control tobacco distribution "is collapsing around us," the head of Imperial Tobacco Canada said Thursday.

  "Over one-third of the Canadian tobacco industry has been handed over to an illegal, unregulated, unenforced and untaxed free for all," Imperial president and CEO Benjamin J. Kemball said during a speech to the Economic Club of Canada.

  Tax-free, smuggled cigarettes are widely available for a fraction of the legal price, and are often smuggled through First Nations reserves, the RCMP have said.

  Imperial said illegal tobacco accounts for 30 per cent of the cigarettes sold in Canada, more than 40 per cent of those sold in Quebec and 48 per cent of those sold in Ontario.

  Federal and provincial governments lost about $2.4 billion in taxes to smuggled cigarettes in 2008, the company estimated.

  In late 2008, Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter reported that his province's estimated tax loss in 2006-07 was $500 million.

  "We believe it could be double that today," Kemball said.

  To address the flood of illegal products, he suggested the following:

  Kemball suggested there could be a revenue-sharing agreement on a First Nations tax, equivalent to the provincial tobacco tax.

  "This would facilitate tobacco control across Canada, including the reserves that could benefit from the proceeds of this tax. Let's bring everyone involved to the table, from the health authorities to the First Nation communities," he said.

  Community, business and health groups, as well as retailers, are also calling for government action, Kemball said.

  "It's not every day that you get tobacco companies and health groups asking for the same thing," he said. "When you do, isn't it time to listen?"

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