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Trends in Organized Crime

, Volume 19, Issue 3–4, pp 273–299 | Cite as

The illicit tobacco market in Sweden – from smuggling to warehousing

  • Johanna SkinnariEmail author
  • Lars Korsell
Article

Abstract

Research on the illicit tobacco market in Sweden is scarce. Actors in the licit tobacco market have made estimations of the size of its illicit counterpart and claim that organised crime is highly involved in this market. In a pilot study (a part of the larger EU funded project FINOCA) a first attempt is made to analyse the role of organised crime in the tobacco market. Some criminal entrepreneurs have through companies with excise tax licences found a way of avoiding smuggling, and have therefore moved to this from illicit markets more prioritized by law enforcement agencies. The authorities would need to improve their field inspections and get abilities to screen companies with excise tax licenses to prevent and better counteract these crimes.

Keywords

Organized crime Illicit tobacco Sweden Excise fraud Criminal entrepreneurs 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå)StockholmSweden

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