Regulatory News
March 08
Research commissioned by the Brazilian Institute of Competitive Ethics reveals that, for 79% of the Brazilians, the government is conniving with organized crime in relation to cigarette smuggling. In all, Datafolha researchers interviewed 2,081 people in 129 cities from February 5th to 8th.

In a question about the actions that must be taken to combat cigarette smuggling in Paraguay, 90% of those interviewed defended repressive measures. Among them, increased border security (43%), laws with tougher penalties for smuggling (20%), more investments in combating the illegal market (16%) and the closing of places selling smuggled cigarettes (11%). Only 9% suggest reducing taxes for the affected sectors.

When it comes to taking measures to stop smuggling, the option that appears in front with 44% of the interviewees is radical: closing the border between Brazil and Paraguay to avoid the entry of illegal cigarettes.
February 27
In the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the Federal Highway Police carried out the second largest seizure of contraband cigarettes this year in Brazil. The shipment, valued at R$12 million (US$3.71 million), was being transported in five double trucks. Four drivers were arrested and the fifth escaped.

According to police, there were at least 90 boxes, which totaled about 2,250,000 packs in each truck. Investigations indicate that the product was placed in the trucks on the border with Paraguay with a destination to the city of Rondonópolis, in Mato Grosso. The seizure was only surpassed by one that occurred in January, when six trucks with 2.4 million packets of cigarettes were intercepted in Mato Grosso do Sul.
February 20
A report released at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month concludes that the illegal market consisting of product counterfeiting, smuggling and piracy is a major risk factor for the economy in this and in coming years. The study, called 'The Global Risk Landscape 2018,’ was based on information obtained in all countries and also on data from international organizations such as the UN and its various agencies, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the IMF.

According to the report, 'global risks' are uncertain events or conditions that, if they do occur, can have significant negative impacts on a number of countries or industries over the next ten years. The objective of the Forum's study is to assess the likelihood of occurrence and how this can affect local societies, countries, regions and continents; and then develop strategies to address these challenges.

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