Cheap cigarettes from Europe are increasingly being imported into Northern America and especially into USA. If you look closely into typical cases of imports it becomes clearer to one and all that most of these are retail imports than bulk consignments of enterprise volumes.
This has many interesting stories contained within. To begin with, this reflects the steep tax hike on cigarettes in the US. The tax increase has been so steep that, let alone the manufacturers and wholesale distributors across the nation, small neighborhood tobacco stores selling retail to smokers are slipping into loss due to lack of business. Apparently, regular smokers aren’t in a position to buy their weekly or monthly stock at such high prices.
Marlboro brand is the most hit of all; one who smokes Marlboro is now being catered to by online tobacco shops which are physically located mainly in Eastern Europe and some in Native American districts which legally enjoy low or no tax on cigarettes. So, the online stores have become the source point for cheap Marlboro cigarettes. Not surprisingly, these shops or the traders have innovatively been reaching the cigarette starved nations and specially the US. The fundamental advantage they enjoy is the drastic tax difference between their source and the US market.
Although Europe has been traditionally manufacturing and exporting cheap cigarettes to US and the rest of the world, recent hike in tax rates in Western Europe on the heels of US has turned the focus on Eastern Europe. Major tobacco manufacturers and cheap cigarettes traders have begun operating from this part with global vision. But how does this all relate to the quintessential smoker? The ordinary smoker is the one that obviously benefits from all this. Let’s see how – cheap Marlboro cigarettes from these sellers will cost around US$13 per carton which includes all taxes and shipping. You may not have gotten a carton of your favorite Marlboro cigarettes’ carton at this rate even in the pre tax hike era. There is a small catch here; you may be required to pay custom duty separately, this is not included in the cost.
There is another angle to this cheap cigarettes business. Ever since the tax hike, not just cigarette traders, both wholesale distributors and the small retailers but also the cigarette industry labors have suffered job losses by the bulk. Cigarette industry jobs have moved out of USA and into Europe; now it has further is moved from there to Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe is the present hotspot of large US and Asian cigarette manufacturers that are putting up plants of huge sizes in unbelievable speeds. This phenomenon is kindled by another less apparent but significant issue which both the online tobacco shop owners and manufacturers have used in their interest. Labor cost and salaries in Eastern Europe is considerably cheap in comparison to Western part of the continent, let alone US.
‘Online cheap cigarettes for sale’ is effecting major economic policy changes and adjustments. Cigarette importing countries are losing huge tax revenues which they would have collected had the industry not shifted focus out of US. Marlboro, which sells about 85% of world cigarettes, is now being made in Eastern Europe.