Regulatory News

As a state that registers record numbers of smuggled products and is also the main hub of these goods through Brazil, Sao Paulo has started a Parliamentary Front to Combat Contraband in its Legislative Assembly this year. "It is clear that an important part of this struggle has to be taken on at the Brazilian borders, because we must close the doors to illegal entry of products from Paraguay. But another important front of action should be at the local level," says State Deputy Jorge Caruso.

Last year alone, the Sao Paulo government lost more than R$3.1 billion in taxes due to the smuggling of tobacco, auto parts, consumer electronics, beverages and fuels. According to the deputy, the Front can help by proposing laws that reinforce the fight against smuggling, demand more actions from the government and mobilize society for this problem.

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