A very large number of Dutch people have been crossing the border in order to evade high excise duties on tobacco. A pack of cigarettes has been more than a Euro cheaper in Belgium since the last duty increase. Rolling tobacco is no less than 3 Euros cheaper per pouch. Sunday, it was even completely sold out in Baarle-Hertog tobacconist shops.
Tobacconist shop Caballero’s owner Annemie Dierckx talks about a madhouse. She thinks she doubled last year’s turnover thanks to the Dutch. The increase in excise duty has not contributed much yet to the Netherlands government. In January, Treasury collected 34 million Euros less in excise duties on tobacco.Source: Omroep Brabant