The Malawi Revenue Authority – MRA has intercepted bales of sugar which were hidden in trucks carrying salt as they were entering Malawi.
The bales were concealed in five truckloads of salt.
They were being imported into Malawi through Mwanza border.
According to the tax collecting body, the bales belonged to various business persons.
“A total of 487 bales of smuggled sugar were seized. 179 bales belonged to Mrs Bwanali, 99 to Martin Chibale, 119 to Mercy Banda Bauleni and 130 to an individual so far only known as Thoko” reads part of the statement.
The MRA says two of the trucks that conveyed the smuggled sugar belong to Y.A Karim from Nsanje and three others owned by AWS Trucking from Blantyre.
The tax collector has since reminded Malawians that sugar importation is only legal if the license is issued by the Trade and Industry Ministry.
It says at the moment it has scaled up enforcement of laws to combat smuggling.