Regulatory News
November 21
A study carried out by the University of Ponta Grossa in Parana shows that smuggled Paraguayan cigarettes have concentrations of toxic elements 11 times higher than those found in the product sold legally in Brazil. The latter follows guidelines established by the National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA).

In addition to harming a person’s health, contraband cigarettes have a negative effect on manufacturers. According to Edson Vismona, the president of the Brazilian Institute of Competitive Ethics (ETCO) and the National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality (FNCP), Paraguayan brands cost less than half the minimum price established by Brazilian law.
November 15
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.
November 09
As a result of two actions, the Federal Police conducted the largest seizure of contraband cigarettes ever made In the state of Sergipe, in the northeast region. In all, about 1,900 boxes of the product were collected. The contraband had been brought from Paraguay and transported in two trucks. According to investigations, the gang responsible for loading product has connections with groups that operate in the south and southeast of the country.

In addition to the truck drivers, two men escorting the shipment in two separate cars were arrested. If convicted, they will serve two to five years in prison.

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