Customs seize EUR 10 mln worth of smuggled cigarettes in H1
Friday, July 21, 2017
The Lithuanian Customs seized almost 64 million illegal cigarettes with a total estimated value of 9.5 million euros in the first half of this year, making up the bulk of all smuggled goods detained during the period.
As Lithuania continues leading the European Union (EU) in terms of illicit cigarette market, executive director of the Lithuanian Association of Tobacco Producers says that successful prevention was the best way of fighting smuggling activities.
Illicit cigarettes last year accounted for 28.3 percent of Lithuania's market of tobacco products, the second highest rate in Europe after Latvia's, according to the latest study by the international audit, tax and consulting company KPMG.