Monthly Archives: May 2014

Not ‘foil containers’ but in fact 1.1 million illegal cigarettes

From: TheJournal.ie

MORE THAN A million illegally smuggled cigarettes were seized at Dublin Port yesterday.

Revenue estimate that the value of the haul is €516,000 with a potential loss to the exchequer of €430,000 in taxes.

The ‘Benson & Hedges’ branded cigarettes were concealed in a roll-on roll-off container that arrived into Dublin Port from the United Arab Emirates and were falsely declared as ‘foil containers’.

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Lithuania is second only to Latvia in extent of cigarette smuggling in EU

From: The Baltic Course

Danuta Pavilenene, BC, Vilnius

Lithuania’s underground tobacco product market amounts to approximately LTL 300 million (EUR 87 million), informs LETA/ELTA, referring to Lietuvos rytas.

Lithuania is a transit country and its role is significant when solving the issue of illegal tobacco product trade in the whole Europe.

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Tobacco tax opportunity for organised criminal gangs

From: HealthCanal

Cigarette tax increases could create a booming black market in illegal tobacco with increasing profit margins for organised criminal gangs who smuggle it into Australia, QUT researchers have found.

QUT School of Justice researchers Dr Mark Lauchs, Dr Vy Le and Elizabeth Rowe examined the shape of the illicit tobacco market in Australia and the probable players who supply and sell it.

Tax increases mean that by 2016, the taxed retail price of cigarettes in Australia will be $25 per packet, – or $1 per cigarette – the highest in the world.

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Lithuanian cigarette smuggling drone

From: Youtube

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Moscow stopped the activities of the group, trading in counterfeit cigarettes

From: Jumifra.com

Employees of the Ministry of internal Affairs in Moscow, suppressed the activity of an organized group, trading files counterfeit cigarettes.

As have informed “Rosbaltu” in press-service Webpc GU MVD of Russia in Moscow, in the course test buy operatives acquired 46 thousand packs of cigarettes at 2 million rubles on the territory of North-Eastern district.

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