Seizures of Tobacco in the Netherlands in 2009

Cigarette smuggling in the Netherlands lead to the seizure 209 million cigarettes worth 36.3 Million Euros. The number of black market cigarettes seized in the country was up from the 204 million seized in 2008.

In addition to the seizures of tax-free cigarettes, 0.9 percent of all cigarettes smoked in the country in 2009 were counterfeits. Back in 2005, the number of fake tobacco smoked in the Netherlands was 4 percent. Authorities attributed the drop in counterfeits smoked due to the low quality of the counterfeit cigarettes.

Source: “Dutch clampdown on cigarette smuggling,” Radio Netherlands, May 27, 2010.