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UK customs seizes 16m cigarettes in Hamburg harbour

UK customs seizes 16m cigarettes in Hamburg harbour

LONDON: Sixteen million cigarettes have been seized in Hamburg harbour, customs said on Thursday. The smuggled goods came from Dubai and had been transported in containers labelled “household items.”

Customs officials say the find prevented €4 million worth of lost taxes. The two 40-foot containers were ferrying eight million cigarettes from the “Classic” and “Red Hills” brands.

Investigators believe the cigarettes, which were packaged entirely in English, may have been destined exclusively for the British black market.