Dealers of tobacco products who have not registered with the Public Health Department will now face late fees.
Under the Tobacco Law, all retailers, wholesalers and cigar bar operators must register each year to sell cigarettes, tobacco and cigars and display a Certificate of Registration.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar, in a statement released Monday, 3 December, said that the registration deadline for tobacco dealers had passed and late fees are now in full effect.
Applications submitted up to 31 December are subject to a late fee of an additional 50 per cent of the registration fee.
Applications submitted between 31 December to 31 January will attract an additional 100 per cent of the registration fee. If no application for renewal is received by 31 January, dealers will have to cease operation for 12 months before submitting a new application.
The annual registration renewal fees are $500 for a retailer; $750 for a cigar bar, and $5,000 for a wholesale distributor.
Dealers who wish to register for 2013 and who have not yet done so, should submit applications now to avoid paying additional fees or cessation of operation.
According to the Department for Public Health, 122 of Cayman’s 139 tobacco dealers have applied for registration for 2013. Another 19 tobacco dealers have indicated they would not be renewing their registration.
Dealers need a completed renewal application form and a current Trade and Business License Certificate for renewal of registration. A form must also be completed for any changes in dealership since the last registration, such as contact information, location, ownership or trade of products.
Application forms and guidelines are available from the Health Services Authority’s website.
For further information, contact Public Health’s Tobacco Registrar, Sarah Hetley, on 244-2889 or email [email protected]