Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), together with Dorel Fronea, Vice President of National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) and Head of the National Customs Authority (ANV), visits JTI Romania headquarters today.
Kunio Mikuriya was invited by the ANV to spend two days in Romania. JTI was selected because of the existing long-term anti-illicit trade cooperation between the company and the ANV.
JTI was the first tobacco company in Romania to sign a Collaboration Protocol with the National Agency for Fiscal Administration, and later in 2008 with the National Customs Authority, to combat the illicit trade in cigarettes. Since 2010, the National Customs Authority, together with JTI, has been developing a project which led to 28 dogs being trained at the Giurgiu Training Center.
“It is remarkable that the black market decreased from over 36% to about 13% as a result of the partnership between Customs and the industry. The efforts in modifying legislation are also a significant achievement. Thank you very much for your partnership with Customs”, declared Kunio Mikuriya.
“Fighting against illicit trade in cigarettes, energy products and alcohol is a priority for the Romanian Customs,” said Mr. Fronea. “The ANV also plans to strengthen the dialog with the customs authorities of neighboring countries and with businesses. Mr. Kunio Mikuriya’s visit represents an important signal for customs administration reform”, added the Customs official.
Neil Coupland, JTI General Manager for Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria commented on the visit: “The Authorities’ concerted efforts and cooperation with the tobacco industry has led to a decrease in contraband. This downturn determines an increase in the legal market and, implicitly, the industry’s contribution to the State budget. Limiting illicit trade activity also allows cigarette manufacturers to make investments and create new jobs.”
Before joining the WCO, Kunio Mikuriya worked for 25 years in the Japanese Ministry of Finance.
JTI is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies, a leading international tobacco product manufacturer. It markets world-renowned brands such as Winston, Mevius (new name for Mild Seven) and Camel. Other global brands include Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Sobranie, Glamour and LD. With its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and net sales of USD 11.2 billion in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, JTI has operations in more than 120 countries and about 25,000 employees.