Revenue body to pump up efforts against alcohol, cigarette smuggling

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is putting systems in place to crack down on smuggled alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.

The Agency yesterday received bids for the design and implementation of a digital excise stamping programme for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

“It’s marking the items with a stamp and will use the implementation to detect fraudulent stamps …. It is an internationally accepted system,” Commissioner of GRA Khurshid Sattaur told Sabroek News yesterday.

He explained that the system was being put in place to prevent smuggling of the two commodities.

Bids for the contract were yesterday opened at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), Main and Urquhart streets, Georgetown.

Three foreign companies submitted tenders and these are shown in the table below.

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Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture’s National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) received bids for the upgrading of access roads and bridges on the West Coast of Berbice, Region 5.
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With the procuring entity being the Ministry of Agriculture, bids were also opened for the construction of a storage bond for the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board which is located at Mon Repos on the East Coast of Demerara.
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