24,300 brochures stating risks of illegal cigarettes sale distributed to traders


2010-07-02

Some 24,300 brochures providing information about the risks of selling illegal cigarettes have been distributed to tobacco products traders. The brochures contain the basic texts of the Customs Act and the Excise Duty and Tax Warehouse Act, which state the sanctions for illegal tobacco products sale.
The special brochures have been worked out by the National Customs Agency in cooperation with the law-enforcement authorities and have been handed to traders by the tobacco products distributors.
Up to the present date, Customs Burgas has issued a total of 1,230 tobacco products sale permits.
The permits are issued by the customs after an obligatory check-up, executed on the spot by customs inspectors, who have to ascertain that the commercial outlet meets all legal requirements. This requirement is stated in the Excise Duty and Tax Warehouse Act.
Some 16 statements over illegal trade of cigarettes and tobacco have been drawn by Burgas Customs in the frames of check-ups carried out under the Excise Duty and Tax Warehouse Act. Procedures for issuing criminal indictments are under way, which will end up with licence rejection for traders who have violated the Excise Duty and Tax Warehouse Act. Check-ups continue.
A total of 2,210 applications for license for tobacco products sale have been filed in Burgas Customs. There is no deadline for filing applications. Any trader willing to sell tobacco products may apply in the office.
Under the Excise Duty and Tax Warehouse Act, traders who have received a permit from the municipality and have filed application at the customs by April 30, 2010, have the right to sell tobacco products until they receive permit from the customs. Traders have old permits issued by the municipality but have not filed application at the customs by April 30, 2010 cannot sell tobacco products without obtaining the permit from the customs.