Sofas used to hide smuggled cigarettes

January 2005
Cabinet Maker;1/21/2005, Issue 5422, p3
Trade Publication
This article reports that there are fears in the furniture industry that the increasing use of furniture consignments to smuggle cigarettes is hurting legitimate importers. The cigarettes were found inside doctored sofas carried in two Polish lorries delivered to the furniture importers' Greenroyd Mill warehouse. This trade damages honest businesses, costs billions in lost revenue and lines the pockets of criminals instead of funding public services. It is an organised crime that puts money in the pockets of criminals, while the counterfeit cigarettes are full of chemical dangers for the smokers who think wrongly they are getting a bargain.


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