Great part of exporter cigarettes return to Bulgarian market, says Customs Agency director


Great part of the exported cigarettes find a way to return to Bulgaria, which will be even more serious problem in 2010, Bulgarian Customs Agency director Vanyo Tanov said at a seminar themed "OLAF - Facing the European Citizens. Fight against Smuggling and Illegal Cigarettes Production. Germany and the Czech Republic's experience".
In 2009, the cigarettes confiscated under the Excise Duty and Tax Warehouse Act ran to 74,426,671 pieces.
One of the measures that the Customs Agency will take is to restrict the so-called "suitcase trade", Vanyo Tanov added.
The lifting of the visa regime for Macedonia and Serbia in the EU has brought extra problems in terms of smuggling. The customs chief said that there is a meeting with the Maceodnian customs on expert's level. "I expect the directors of the customs of the two countries to sign a protocol for launching joint measures against cigarettes smuggling", Tanov remarked.
Vanyo Tanov has already signed such agreement with his Turkish counterpart.
A scanner detecting smuggled cigarettes will be soon installed at the seaports in the towns of Varna and Burags.