• Service: Tax, Global Indirect Tax
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 1/21/2014

EU - Joint customs operation targets cigarettes, diesel, vodka 

January 21:  The European Commission today issued a press release announcing that a major joint customs operation, which targeted smuggled cigarettes, diesel fuel, and vodka, prevented a significant potential loss to the budgets of the European Union and its Member States. According to preliminary estimates, this would have amounted to about €9 million in the form of evaded customs duties and taxes.

According to the EC release (IP/14/37), the operation was carried out in October 2013 by the Lithuanian Customs Service and the Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate in close cooperation with the European Anti-Fraud Office, and with the participation of all 28 EU Member States. The operation focused on cargo movement by road transport. It targeted the smuggling and other forms of illegal trade of excise goods such as mineral oil, tobacco products and alcohol throughout Europe.

Eight seizures were made during the operation. Among these, authorities seized 6,617,400 cigarettes in Sweden and Lithuania; 135,831 litres of diesel in Poland and the United Kingdom, and 14,025,6 litres of vodka in United Kingdom alone.

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