Illicit trade

Webinar 19/2021: Alcohol fraud

01 July 2021

Alcohol smuggling is carried out in various ways in the European Union. Straight smuggling under false papers or hidden in cover loads still occurs however Organised Crime Groups that infiltrate the bonded warehouse system use more sophisticated and less detectable methods. The relevant EU trade system driven by the use of Excise Movement Control System (EMCS) is designed to facilitate trade and not to identify the signs of illicit trade.


Webinar 20/2020: Illicit trade of tobacco products

12 November 2020

Illicit trade of tobacco products is an ongoing criminal phenomenon in Europe affecting all countries. While main forms of tobacco fraud are unchanged nowadays there is strong shift towards illegal manufacturing of cigarettes within the EU and the smuggling of illicit whites through the Eastern border. The change of trend is clear though smuggling of genuine and counterfeit products concealed in maritime containers also remain significant.


CEPOL guest editorial published in Tobacco Prevention and Cessation journal

31 March 2021

On the occasion of CEPOL Webinar: Illicit trade of tobacco products[1] organised in November 2020, the Executive Director of CEPOL, Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder was invited by Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, the official journal of ENSP (European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention) to write a guest...



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