RIGA - The news many tobacco and alcohol companies have been waiting for came in August when Finance Minister Edmunds Krastins and Interior Minster Mareks Seglins signed a protocol of intention about coordinating the ministries' activities aimed at fighting contraband. Companies had been waiting for the good news since Parliament passed budget amendments which, among other measures, involved raising excise taxes "We see many signals that this year smuggling has increased," said Krastins, adding that one of the reasons is due to the lack of coordination between different state services. Abou...
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