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June 2nd, 2011:

70% of seized cigarettes pass through internal border, says NCA chief

02 June 2011 | 13:47 | FOCUS News Agency

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Sofia. 70% of the seized cigarettes pass through the internal border, while 3% – through the border with Turkey. Small percent of the seized cigarettes come from Serbia and Macedonia and the same is valid for cigarettes with paid excise duty in another country, which are just being transported,” said National Customs Agency Director Vanyo Tanov, speaking at an international conference themed Fight against contraband cigarettes in the Balkans, FOCUS News Agency reporter informs.

In Vanyo Tanov’s words, over the last 5 years there is a tendency for increase of the fight against cigarette smuggling.

In 2011 and 2010 the customs have seized a record amount of illegal cigarettes.

“The seized cigarettes without excise stamp are 64% of the entire amount, followed by duty-free cigarettes and only 1% of the cigarettes are with foreign excise stamp,” Tanov remarked.

“One-fourth of the seized cigarettes are aimed for illegal trade in Bulgaria, while the rest – for other EU countries,” Tanov added.

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