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Friday, 17 December 2010

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cignews1217 It's time to take a break from reviews and discuss some recent news concerning cigars and the tobacco industry. Today we have some news on a huge cigar seizure in Chicago, the naming of a new CEO at Davidoff, and a possible smoking ban coming to Indiana.

Huge load of Cuban cigars seized at Chicago airport

If you have made a habit of purchasing Cuban cigars in the past from certain online retailers overseas, you may want to hold off. That is, of course, unless you do not care if the cigars actually arrive in your hands. Just over a week ago, customs officials in Chicago seized tens of thousands of Cuban cigars, leaving many cigar fans empty handed.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Windy City's O'Hare International Airport was the site of the cigar seizure. At the center of the controversy were shipments that came from Europe on cargo planes. Officials with the Customs and Border Protection's Chicago field office initially confirmed that 30,000 of the inspected cigars were Cuban. In addition, the officials were in the process of sorting through approximately 70,000 cigars that were also believed to be of Cuban origin. All of the cigars in question had been shipped from Switzerland to Chicago over a span of two weeks.

While cigar seizures are nothing particularly new for customs agents, the sheer size of the ones that occurred in recent weeks are certainly out of the ordinary. According to customs officials, an average week of seizures at O'Hare's international mail facility usually nets somewhere in the neighborhood of ten cigars determined to be contraband, which pales in comparison to the 100,000 that were recently seized.

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Some custom officials believe that the recent influx of Cuban cigars into Chicago is due to changes in shipping regulations. On October 29, customs officials found two explosive-filled packages from Yemen that were being sent to synagogues in the Chicago area. The packages made their way into Chicago via passenger flights from England and Dubai. This discovery led the Department of Homeland Security to ban the shipment of packages over 16 ounces on passenger flights, effective November 8.






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