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The EU cut off gas to the Chinese lighters

January 31 2007

European Office to combat fraud scheme revealed the illegal importation into the EU of Chinese lighters, the press service of the organization. According to the report, office continues to investigate several cases concerning the illegal import of disposable lighters made in China, declared as Indonesian or Malaysian.

The investigation, in particular, found that only under the Malaysian origin in the EU were imported more than 300 million disposable lighters from China for the past 4 years. According to preliminary calculations, the loss of the EU budget from unpaid taxes amount to at least 20 million euros.

Disposable lighters of Chinese-made anti-dumping duty should be levied at the rate of 6.5 cents on each cigarette lighters. The volume of disposable lighters EU is estimated at 1 billion units annually, reports EuroNews.

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