Sale of Contraband Tobacco in Latvia

Illegal tobacco in Latvia make up between 24.6 percent to 28.5 percent of the total cigarette market in the country. Authorities in the country remove around 16 percent of the smuggled cigarettes from the market each year.

In 2010, state authorities seized 94 million cigarettes off of the black market. In the first half of the 2011, agents seized 54 million smuggled cigarettes. The contraband cigarettes seized in 2011 was worth $11 Million (8.1 Million Euros) in state taxes.

Source: Nina Kolyako, “Black market for cigarettes at 25-28% in Latvia in H1,” Baltic Course, October 24, 2011.