Smuggled Swede sweets eat away Danish tax take
TT/The Local/vt · 28 Dec 2010, 12:32
Published: 28 Dec 2010 12:32 GMT+01:00
"Candy is our biggest challenge right now," Skat's Lars Klamer told Danmarks Radio (DR) on Monday.
According to the report, illegal candy sales cost the Danish industry millions of kroner because it cannot compete on price. At the same time, they also cheat the state out of millions in taxes and duties.
Klamer added that the number of individuals and businesses simply crossing the Öresund between Copenhagen and Malmö to shop without paying taxes and surcharges has soared.
He acknowledged that the tax agency has made progress in stamping out smuggled beer and soft drink sales, but the Danish Chamber of Commerce singled out the job and business losses as a result of the illegal trade.
The chamber estimated that 15 percent of all candy trade in Denmark is illegal, the report said.