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Raw Tobacco 
FPG 7 October 2015
DG TAXUD
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Agenda 
• Facts EU
• Problems
• Possible solutions
• Questions 


Facts EU
Production
• 200,000 tonnes dried tobacco leaves a year
• Less then 3% of global production
• In 12 EU countries 
(85%: Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain and Poland)
Import and export per year
• 400,000 tonnes import
• 100,000 tonnes export


Problems 
Direct
• Sold to consumers without excise duty
Indirect
• Diverted from the legal circuit
is the fact that no realtime information about the 
logistics of raw tobacco the problem?


Problems 
'At the factory 
12 tonnes of 
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unprocessed 
tobacco was 
seized'
An illegal tobacco factory was found at a farm near 
Blackwatertown in Northern Ireland, February 2015


Possible solutions
National level
• Registration of operators 
(growers, importers etc.)
• Sales/buy restrictions – only if registered
• Movement accompanied by paper document 
(origin and destination)
• Record keeping
• Marking
• ...


Possible solutions
EU level
• Excise Movement and Control System
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Questions 
(a) Are there problems with the trade and 
possession of raw tobacco in your MS?
(b) Have you managed to solve this problem with 
national measures? If yes, please specify.
(c) Do you think (additional) EU action would be 
useful in this area?