Regulatory News
October 17
Agents from the Border Operations Department, a police force in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, seized two trucks loaded with 90,000 packs of contraband cigarettes from Paraguay. The material was found, after a denouncement, near the border of Brazil with the neighboring country. The drivers of the vehicles managed to escape.

In this year alone, Mato Grosso do Sul police has seized 619,124 cigarette packs, up 37.43% compared to the same period last year.
October 05
The Brazilian government has begun Operation Wall 2017 in the region of the triple border between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, with the objective of reinforcing the fight against crimes such as smuggling and trafficking of drugs, weapons and ammunition. Among the illegal products that circulate the most in the region are cigarettes, mainly produced in Paraguay. Contraband cigarettes already occupy more than 40% of the Brazilian consumer market.

Coordinated by the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service, responsible for border control, the joint action brings together the Federal, Federal Highway, Civil, and Military Police, as well as the Armed Forces. Sniffing dogs and X-ray equipment help agents that act not only on large highways but also on rural roads in the region.
September 29
The cigarette brand, Gift, which leads sales in the state of Rio de Janeiro, is smuggled in from Paraguay. It is produced in one of the factories owned by the Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes. The information was published this week in the newspaper, O Globo, which pointed out that, since last year, Gift sales volume increased 70%, reaching 38% of the Rio de Janeiro market. In the state of São Paulo, it reaches 10%.

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