Penalty fees for late tobacco registration renewals

The Department of Commerce and Investment has reminded all tobacco dealers that according to the Tobacco Law, late applications for the registration of certificate renewals will result in a penalty fee.

Applications submitted after Dec. 31, 2015 and up to Jan. 31, 2016 will attract a late fee of an additional 100 percent of the registration fee.

The deadline for the submission of applications for the renewal of a certificate, valid for retailers, cigar bars and wholesale distributors, is Nov. 1 of each year.

Where the registration has expired and no application for renewal is received by Jan. 31, the registrant should cease operations and wait for twelve months before consideration may be given to a new application for registration, the DCI said.

DCI Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh said tobacco dealers who do not adhere to the law could face penalties. “The Tobacco Law (2008) requires dealers to register their tobacco products annually,” he said. “Failure to comply means that persons are operating illegally and therefore subject to fines or prosecution.”

The annual registration renewal fees are $500 for a retailer, $750 for a cigar bar and $5,000 for a wholesale distributor.

The DCI said all applications must be submitted along with a current trade and business licence certificate, and written notification of changes made since the last registration, such as the dealer’s contact details, business location, ownership, and trade of products information.