Investigations related to EU revenue

What can OLAF investigate?

OLAF's mandate covers a substantial part but not all of EU revenue. It can investigate cases involving:

  • customs duties
  • agricultural duties and sugar levies

What constitutes EU-revenue fraud?

Chiefly customs fraud – evasion of import duties, antidumping duties and countervailing duties. Examples include

  • false origin declarations
  • under-evaluation and/or wrong description of goods
  • smuggling.

Trade customs fraud

Commercial customs fraud – the evasion of import duties on goods imported into the EU – is financially damaging to legitimate industry and the EU taxpayer. > Read more ... 

Cigarette smuggling

Smuggling of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes is a particular concern, resulting in loss of customs duties – and VAT and excise duties for national governments. > Read more ...

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