Monthly Archives: January 2017

Tobacco Smuggling Destroys Rural Jobs

From: Ceylon Today

By Mario Andree

The 100-year-old Ceylon Tobacco Company will be closing down two of its leaf depots as the company faces difficulties due to the steep increase in cigarette prices which drastically reduced consumption. The company issuing a statement said that in the first phase CTC will wind down operations in Anuradhapura and Sigiriya starting with the closure of the two leaf depots.


It highlighted that tobacco consumers had deviated from legal cigarettes to smuggled cigarettes and beedi, defeating the government’s major objectives of increasing taxes on tobacco such as improving public health and increasing revenue.

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ANAF Chairman requests Customs activity inspection, given rise of illicit trade in cigarettes [Romania]


The chairman of the National Agency for Tax Administration (ANAF), Bogdan – Nicolae Stan, requested that an analysis of last year’s activity of the General Customs Directorate (DGV) and regional customs’ directions be carried out, in view of identifying the causes that have led to the increase in the illicit trade of cigarettes.

“Smuggled cigarettes bring major losses to the national economy, and the state consolidated budget is suffering. We will intensify the actions to combat illicit trade in cigarettes. Simultaneously, we will launch a check-up operation of all territorial customs offices, and we will take all necessary measures accordingly,” stated Bogdan – Nicolae Stan in a press release  on Monday.

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Out of control smuggling has tobacco farmers worried (Vietnam)

From: Talk Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Farmer Nguyen Van Sau in the southern province of Tay Ninh’s Ben Cau District is relieved that it has been a profitable year for tobacco farmers, as the crop has fed his family and hundreds of others for decades. Illegal cigarettes are not controlled by Vietnamese law. — Photo Still, Sau and other farmers are increasingly concerned about the rapid increase in cigarette smuggling along Tay Ninh’s long border with Cambodia. “Smuggled cigarettes are bad for our business, and they lower our tobacco prices,” he told Viet Nam News. Pham Kien Nghiep, general secretary of the Viet Nam Tobacco Association (VAT), said the number of smugglers had risen greatly due to the huge profits. In fact, the smuggling of cigarettes in Viet Nam is far worse than most people realise. In a survey conducted in 2012 by the Oxford Economics Department and the US-based International Tax and Investment Centre, the country ranked second in Asia in the number of smuggled cigarettes.

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From: New York Post

High tobacco taxes fuel black market


Cigarette sales in New York have become a burning issue on many fronts recently, with anti-smoking tax policies costing the state and city billions in lost tax revenue.

A recent study found that more than 50 percent of the cigarettes consumed in New York are smuggled in — the nation’s highest rate.

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High Taxes And Plain Packaging Fund North Korean Nukes And Terrorists

From: The Daily Caller | Opinion

Philip Thompson, Associate, Property Rights Alliance

In just first few weeks of 2017 police over the world have been busy seizing counterfeit cigarettes. In Ireland investigators, including Detector Dog Alfie, seized 60,000 illegal cigarettes with a street value of €32,500 ($34,000 USD), just beating out the Canadian residents caught smuggling 53,600 cigarettes a few days earlier. In South Africa investigators seized 1720 boxes of counterfeit cigarettes with a street value of $19,000, and in November the small county of Nottingham in the U.K. announced seizures of counterfeit cigarettes increased threefold from the year before to nearly 500,000 cigarettes. That is nothing compared to what police will seize in Wales this year. This week police there seized 750,000 counterfeit cigarettes, with an estimated value of £427,000 ($535,671 USD), from a gang that used a false wall, hidden chute and a baby monitor to conceal their activities.

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