The four, including a woman, arrived at Noi Bai International Airport on a Vietnam Airlines flight after transiting in Paris. Airport security detected the cigars in 15 unlabeled packages wrapped in plastic bags and newspaper.
|One of 15 packages that contained in total 17,000 cigars seized at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on March 19.
Calling it a “serious violation”, the officials seized the cigars and ordered an investigation.
Vietnam allows inbound passengers to carry 100 cigars in duty-free luggage. For larger quantities, they have to pay an import tax, special consumption tax and value-added tax, provided the goods meet other export-import requirements.