Illegal market worries Brazilian productive sectors
On March 3, the National Day to Combat Smuggling is celebrated. To mark the dedicated date, the Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition (ETCO) and the National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality (FNCP), together with more than 20 business entities and civil society organizations, are organizing an act in defense of the Brazilian legal market.
The president of SindiTabaco, Iro Schünke, participates in the event For the end of smuggling next Tuesday (3), at 15 pm, at the Brasil 21 Convention Center, in Brasília.
On the occasion, a balance of the problem, its impacts and suggestions for solving it will be presented. In addition to members of the representative entities, the event will also count on the presence of parliamentarians, with whom the issues mentioned will be discussed, in the search for combating smuggling.
According to IBOPE intelligence data, contraband surpassed the level of 31% of the Brazilian cigarette market in 2014, figures equivalent to a tax evasion of R $ 4,5 billion to the federal government.
According to the 2014 Customs Balance released by the IRS, in the last year more than 182 million cigarette packs were seized, which corresponds to more than 3,64 billion illegal cigarettes removed from circulation. The amount seized exceeds the amount of R $ 514 million and represents 28% of the total seized by the Revenue in the year.
The total seizure of goods processed by the Federal Revenue, in the areas of inspection, repression, surveillance and control over foreign trade (including baggage), resulted in 2014, in the amount of R $ 1,80 billion, an increase of 3,70, 2013% in relation to XNUMX. Among the seized goods, there are counterfeit, toxic products, medicines and other products, including weapons and ammunition.
“The Federal Revenue Service has acted to curb illegal actions, but Brazil is large in borders and the illegal market continues to worsen. Other actions are needed to stop the problem. In addition to harming the formal organized sector, which generates income and jobs, smuggling directly damages public coffers that fail to collect with the legal product, one of the most taxed in the country, ”says Schünke.
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