"Significant difference in cigarette price policy in Ukraine and the EU will keep this problem on the front burner," he said and added that in the first quarter of 2013 the border guards detained about 15 million smuggled cigarettes.
The second biggest problem is smuggling of cars. "The rate has increased by 72%. This year we have already arrested 183 cars," Shysholin reported. He explained that the major part of smuggled cars with forged documents and Lithuanian registration arrive in Ukraine for further transit. Arrests happened twice a week on average.
Sysholin also read out the list of 'popular' goods for smuggling: fuels and lubricants from Russia, drugs from Russia and the EU, cars from Belarus and cigarettes from Ukraine, mostly from Chernovtsy, Odessa and Zakarpattya regions.
Among positive achievements, Shysholin pointed out the decrease of poaching at the sea border between Ukraine and Turkey. However, illegal fishing during pawning seasons remains the main 'sea' problem of the Ukrainian Frontier Service.
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