According to a study conducted by KPMG, 1,433 tonnes of illegal tobacco was smuggled into Australia in 2013, an increase of 154 percent from the previous year.
13.3 percent of all tobacco sales in Australia were of black market cigarettes.
With taxes and fees included, people in Australia pay nearly $20 Australian dollars for a pack of cigarettes. In the South East Asia region, where many of the cigarettes are smuggled from, the packs of tobacco can cost as low as $1.08 AUD.
It was previously reported that the Australian Government losses up to $2.1 Billion a year due to cigarette smuggling.
Source: Alan Howe, “Illicit tobacco funding gangs and increasing use,” News.Com.Au, November 3, 2013.