Today (06.06.2013) the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive package to step up its fight against illicit tobacco trade, especially cigarette smuggling.
The strategy proposes specific actions in four key areas to efficiently tackle the illicit trade in tobacco products:
- measures to decrease incentives for smuggling activities;
- measures to improve the security of the supply chain;
- stronger enforcement of tax, customs, police and border authorities; and
- heavier sanctions for smuggling activities.
Source: EC press release, 6 June 2013