Alcohol smuggling in Iran brings in $2.5 Million a day. (365 X 2.5 = $912.5 Million)
The black market in alcohol is bigger then the legal alcohol market in Sri Lanka. 77 percent of the alcohol consumed in the country was purchased on the black market, compared to 22 percent of legally sold alcohol.
Although banned by the government, alcohol is available for purchase to people in Iran on the black market. According to a report in the New York Times, various flavors of Absolut Vodka is available for $21 a bottle, and a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream costs $43 on the black market.
2 million bottles of counterfeit alcohol was seized in Moscow in 2008. 6,041 people were intoxicated from counterfeit alcohol and 1,069 people died from drinking counterfeit alcohol in the city in 2008.
Counterfeit goods in Argentina account for 75 percent of all sales made within the country, according to an estimate published by the European Trade Commission.
The state of Virginia estimates that it loses $20 million a year in tax revenue to “moonshining”, a home-made and illegally smuggled whiskey.
Alcohol smuggling in the state of Virginia causes losses of $20 million a year in tax revenue to “moonshining”, a home-made and illegally smuggled whiskey.
According to the Economist, the whiskey is “cheaply made in 800-gallon stills, mot of it smuggled to poor inner cities and sold at half the price of its legal counterparts, avoiding state and federal taxes which run at roughly $25 per gall (3.8 litres) of whiskey.”
Counterfeit alcohol bottles of vodka consisted of 28 percent of all vodka sales in Russia in 2008, as around 5 million bottles of counterfeit vodka was sold in stores.
According to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the most popular counterfeit food products in the world were kiwis, preserved vegetables, powdered milk, butter, ghee, baby food, instant coffee, alcoholic drinks and corn seeds.
The International Federation of Spirits Producers stated that counterfeit alcohol leads to an estimated Euro 600 million to 900 ($1 Billion median) annual loss.
Alcohol smuggling on the black market generates $3.2 Billion.