SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL OPERATION RESULTS IN 62 MILLION CIGARETTES SEIZURES INTENDED FOR THE EU – MAKING 200 MILLION IN 2 MONTHS

On 18 February, EU Reporter reported that a successful co-operation between OLAF, the Royal Malaysian Customs and the Belgian Customs led in February to the seizure of 62.6 million cigarettes destined to be smuggled into the EU. Together with an earlier record-breaking seizure of 135 million in Antwerp in January, nearly 200 million smuggled cigarettes have been prevented from entering the EU.  In the latest case, 6 containers containing cigarettes had arrived under false declaration to a free trade zone in Malaysia, ready for onward shipment to Europe.

https://www.eureporter.co/frontpage/2020/02/18/successful-international-operation-seized-more-than-62-million-smuggledcigarettes/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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