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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Monday, 26.10.2020, 12:30

Smuggled cigarettes seizures double in Lithuania this year

BC, Vilnius, 16.10.2020.Print version
Some 13.1 mln packs of contraband tobacco products, worth over 46.4 mln euros in total, were seized in Lithuania in January-September 2020, compared with 6.8 mln packs in the full year 2019, according to figures from the Customs Department writes LETA/BNS.

Moe than nine tenths of the contraband cigarettes were made in Belarus.  


Around 59 % of all smuggled cigarettes were detained on the border with Belarus, 15% on the border with Poland, and 26% inside Lithuania. 


Large hauls of smuggled cigarettes containing a thousand boxes or more are often busted, the department noted. 


An empty pack survey by Nielsen has shown that smuggled cigarettes currently account for around 19.3% of Lithuania's tobacco product market. 






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