European Anti-Fraud Office

Operation BALTICA

Operation BALTICA

OLAF-coordinated Joint Customs Operation BALTICA results in seizure of 13 million smuggled cigarettes

In June 2015, 13 million smuggled cigarettes were seized as part of a Joint Customs Operation (JCO) targeting the illegal import of tobacco products entering the EU from third countries such as Belarus and Russia.

The operation, codenamed "BALTICA",  was led by the Polish Customs Administration and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), with the involvement of 6 Member States (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden) and EUROPOL.

The results were shared at a debriefing meeting in Poland on 17 September.

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