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Decline in Cigarette Smuggling, Exports

Decline in Cigarette Smuggling, ExportsDecline in Cigarette Smuggling, Exports

The Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade estimates that 9.07 billion cigarettes were smuggled into Iran during the 10 months to Jan. 20 to register a 45% decline compared with the similar period of the year before. 
The ban on imports is still in effect while exports saw a 35% decrease to stand at 98 million during the period under review, Fars News Agency reported. 
An estimated 54.1 billion cigarettes were smoked in the country during the 10-month period, indicating no significant change year-on-year. 
“The smuggled cigarette market in Iran is valued at $1 billion,” Ataollah Maroufkhani, the head of the Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade affiliate, the Iranian Tobacco Planning and Supervision Center said in a ceremony to mark the launch of a cigarette pack tracking system to fight smuggling recently.

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