The General Directorate of Customs and Crown Agents British Company initiated a campaign, aimed at raising awareness to businesses to do “fair trade”. The campaign “Do Fair Business” is mainly addressed to merchants and companies that trade alcoholic beverages, since Customs officials have continually identified counterfeit beverages traded with false fiscal stamps.
The campaign aims to reduce informality in this field and, according to the General Director of Customs, Irena Beqiraj, to ensure a fair competition for all businesses which respect the laws and pay taxes.
During the presentation of this initiative were present the General Director of Customs Irena Beqiraj, Crown Agents’ Director of the Assistance Program for Albanian Customs and the General Director of SICPA fiscal stamps concessionary company Xavier Dovard.
While presenting the aim and the focus of this campaign, Beqiraj declared: “Our intentions are not to fine abusive businesses but to raise awareness and inform all current operators in this field of the characteristics that fiscal stamps should have, where should they be placed and to offer them the necessary technologic means to verify if their products have the right fiscal stamps.” In addition, Beqiraj stressed that the Directory she is in charge of aims to be a partner only to businesses which operate fairly in the market and respect the laws.
In turn, the Director of the Assistance Program for Albania David Smith stated that this campaign was necessary in this field, after the identification of many abusive cases by Crown Agents experts, mainly caused by lack of information.
As for the Director of SICPA fiscal stamps concessionary company, the company he represents is honored to assist in this campaign and it will offer support by offering the latest technologies for the control and the verification of abusive businesses throughout the country.
News source/photo credits: ATA
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