Cigarettes Seized in Ukraine in 2011

Custom officials in Ukraine seized over 120 million cigarettes that were being smuggled into the country in 2011. Officials report that 90 percent of the smuggled cigarettes seized was produced in Moldova.

Between 15 to 20 percent of all tobacco smoked in Ukraine were purchased illegally on the black market, causing a tax loss of $2 Billion per year.

Source: “Ukraine customs see growth in tobacco products smuggling<,” Focus News, April 26, 2012.