The rising illicit tobacco trade specifically of the so-called cheap whites from Belarus in the EU might be discussed from the next EU-Belarus meeting on 19 December, an EU official told EURACTIV.com.
Industry and customs officials the Belarusian excise taxes on cheap whites include the root of this challenge. Following the publication , once, a Commission official told? EURACTIV:
“The Commission encourages Belarus, and various other neighbouring countries, to approximate its excise duty rates towards the levels on the EU as well as at the same time to strengthen its operational cooperation with OLAF and member states’ customs authorities.”
However, EURACTIV recognizes that the industry would rather have if Belarus raised the required taxes on the cheapest cigarettes, bringing them better those on high-priced ones, rather then harmonise the overall tax level start of the EU.
Traditionally, illicit tobacco trade may be dominated by counterfeiting but “illicit whites” are an emerging trend who has raised eyebrows in Brussels in addition to Eastern Europe. These cigarettes could possibly be legally produced yet are then smuggled and traded illegally.
Belarus is known as a main way to obtain cheap whites in Europe. Almost all the illegal products originate inside of an official state-owned factory located some kilometres from your Polish border.
Last year alone, reported by a KPMG study, 4.8 billion illegal cigarettes crossed the border into your EU from Belarus. Eastern The european union have been hit the more.
In Lithuania, more than 85% however consumed illegal cigarettes and tobacco products originate in Belarus when in Poland over 2 billion illegal tobacco products entered the region in 2019 from Belarus.
In a meeting with EURACTIV in January, Czech MEP Tom