Customs officers seized 14 tons of cigarette packaging in the area of Danube Bridge 2


2017-04-10

 

14 tons of cardboard cigarette packaging was seized by customs officers in the area of Danube Bridge 2. On April 7th 2017 a mobile customs team to Lom Customs House which was operating in the area of Danube Bridge 2 stopped for inspection a truck with Bulgarian License Plates carrying (according to documents) cardboard to an EU member country. During the inspection the customs officers noticed that there were cut cigarette packaging sheets bearing logos of protected trade marks (Winston, LM and 821). The illicit good was hidden under the upper layers of cardboard which had printed on them lions and seals. A total of 42 pallets weight 14 tons (8 pallets of cut Winston printed cigarette packaging sheets, 8 pallets of cut LM printed cigarette packaging sheets and 26 pallets of cut  821 printed cigarette packaging sheets - a new cigarette brand which is popular in other EU member states) were seized. The rights owners of the above mentioned brands will be notified about the seizure. The illicit good was transported and stored in a warehouse to Lom Customs House.

Only a month ago, another 16 pallets loaded with 5 tons of counterfeit LM cigarette packaging were seized by customs officials of Lom Customs House. Several millions of contraband cigarette packs could be produced from these seized quantities.