Belize’s Illegal Cigarette Trade

From: The News (Mexico) | Opinion

Thérèse Margolis

Belize’s Corozal Free Zone, along the Mexican border, has become the capital of the nations’ black market cigarette sales

Belize, that little former British colony on the eastern coast of Central America that has been the thorn on the side of Guatemalans ever since it first gained independence from the crown in 1981, is rapidly turning into a contraband haven, forsaking its reputation as a scuba divers’ dream destination and archeological wonder in favor of that of a cigarette smuggling paradise.


Black market tobacco products from India, China, Switzerland, Paraguay and Panama are all sold in Belize’s northeast border region, tax free and for a fraction of their normal legal price.

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