February 20, 2018

Estonian customs find 4.5 mln illicit cigarettes from truck

From: The Baltic Course

The officials of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board during an inspection of a truck at the port of Paldiski found 4.5 million contraband cigarettes from the vehicle’s load, reports LETA/BNS.

Siim Rudissaar, head of service at the investigative department of the Tax and Customs Board, said that the truck had a Lithuanian license plate and a trailer and arrived to Estonia on February 10 through the Ikla border crossing point and on the same day headed to Paldiski to board a ship to Sweden, spokespeople for the Tax and Customs Board said.

However, customs officials had the suspicion that illicit goods may have been hidden in the load in the trailer. “According to the accompanying documents of the goods, the load included windows produced in Latvia, but there were indications of a window factory of another country on the window frames. We carried out a full inspection of the vehicle and during that found altogether approximately 225,000 packs or 4,498,000 cigarettes both bearing Belarusian tax stamps and without tax stamps, which were hidden inside the windows,” Rudissaar said.

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