I remember having to learn all about this when i was working for Rothmans and Marlboro. The taxation is crazy and where the companies really make the money each year. They need to forecast exactly what the wholesalers require before the price increase and pay the old duty up front. The wholesalers make an absolute fortune as they stock up on millions of Dollars worth of cigarettes and make an instant profit as the duty increase with the government budget comes into effect.
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