New Zealand man refused entry after undeclared tobacco found at Perth Airport

A plane takes off from Perth Airport. Stock image.
A plane takes off from Perth Airport. Stock image.

A NEW Zealand man who allegedly tried to smuggle 54 kilograms of undeclared molasses tobacco through Perth Airport has been refused entry into Australia.

Border Force officers examined the 23-year-old man’s two suitcases and a backpack when he arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

The duty evaded is estimated at $58,122 plus GST of $5866.

The news follows the cancellation of a flight attendant’s visa in October after she tried to smuggle 10 cartons of cigarettes through Perth Airport.

Last month, a Perth man was charged over a record haul of 9.5 million cigarettes.

Last financial year, officers made more than 110,000 detections of illicit tobacco, including almost 240 million cigarettes and 217 tonnes of tobacco worth more than $356 million in evaded duty.