Firstly, the network should have the capacity for transporting the merchandise either via vessels or trucks. Also, the southern part of the Peloponnese is a hotspot when it comes to mid-scale contraband; here, fishing boats unload the product offshore to smugglers, who then carry it onwards to the mainland. There are several types of tobacco smuggling operations that must be outlined so as to get a clearer picture. Local corrupted networks greatly facilitate such trade by alerting smugglers to police and coast guard patrols. Thus any international tobacco smuggling operation that manages to operate for long periods without being disbanded has assumedly retained its own people inside customs operations in order to evade detection. Throughout the European Union, it is estimated that national budgets lose at least 17 billion euros annually due to contraband tobacco products. Considering the likelihood of such an increase, creating strategies to decrease tobacco smuggling would seem to be an essential national security goal for Greece- and something that would no doubt enjoy the enthusiastic support of the legitimate tobacco producers and retailers.
This is generally done via large vessels and involves high-profile criminals and mafias of various ethnicities.
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The sheer volume of road and marine traffic in Greece, as well as the opening up of new motorway corridors with Bulgaria and especially with Turkey, have greatly benefited smugglers- not only those involved with tobacco, but also those involved with illegal immigrants and counterfeit products contraband. Available on Amazon Kindle - Buy now! In this case shipments mostly come via merchant vessels from ex-Soviet states, China and India. Whether or not it actually increases turnout at Sunday Mass in the future, of course, remains to be seen. Balkanalysis on Twitter Tweet di Balkanalysis. More than eight factories have shut down, 8, kiosks and small shops have closed, distribution centers have been bankrupted and around 25, jobs have been lost in this sector. The economic downturn due to the ongoing crisis further fuels a willingness of locals to invest and work in contraband networks.