At least 3,300 billion cigarettes are smoked in Kyrgyzstan annually. Experts in tobacco industry informed journalists.
According to them, 2,800 million cigarettes are delivered to duty-free shops. Experts doubt that so many tourists come to Kyrgyzstan. Analysts say that smuggled goods get into in duty-free shops, because there are no limits on the import of duty-free goods in Kyrgyzstan. Therefore, it is proposed to introduce quotas for import to duty-free trade outlets in the entire Eurasian Economic Union.
Earlier, the State Customs Service of the Kyrgyz Republic explained that there was no exact information on goods imported duty-free on the border with China and Tajikistan. It is specified that air routes are also used for smuggling of cigarettes.