COUNTERFEIT CIGARETTE SEIZURES FELL IN 2007, EUROPEAN COMMISSION CONCLUDES

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE NUMBER of counterfeit cigarettes seized at the external borders of the European Union (EU) fell 63% in 2007 compared to the previous year, the European Commission has concluded. Brussels said 27.1 million packets worth (20 stick equivalent) of counterfeit cigarettes were seized. This may not mean fewer fakes are entering the EU, however. The Commission warned it "may reflect a shift in smuggling techniques towards larger numbers of smaller-sized shipments," so more illicit consignments may have slipped through. Brussels ...


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