Editor’s Note: The following is from CRE Brazil.
The Federal Revenue Office established a series of norms to avoid cigarettes exported by Brazilian industries returning to the Country as contraband. Now, products destined to be sent abroad will have a special bar code on their packages which will store all the producer’s data. Companies that make the appropriate changes will be exempt from export taxes which are equivalent to 150% of the market value.
Packages of cigarettes sold in Brazil will have to include the following inscription: “For export only – The selling of this product in Brazil is prohibited.” If an inspection catches these products circulating in the national market, they will be considered illegal merchandise resulting in serious fines.