ArmInfo.Cigaronne Armenian company specializing in the production of cigarettes, sent a letter to Prime Minister of Armenia with a request for assistance in resolving the problem of cargo detained in Odessa, for deliveries to Poland. This was announced by Aharon Tadevosyan, commercial director for import of Cigaronne LLC at a press conference in Yerevan on July 18.
"On July 13 this year, representatives of law enforcement bodies of Odessa region of Ukraine announced the exposure of illegal activities for the transportation and storage of tobacco products in the region, including Armenia, during searches in warehouses and trucks, over 840,000 Packs of various names of cigarettes produced in Armenia for a total of more than 17 million hryvnias (about 700 thousand dollars). The corresponding documents and excise stamps for the goods were not provided, according to Odessa.net .
However, according to Aharon Tadevosyan, the company acted in accordance with all standards of the European Union. "The incident inflicts huge damage to the company, estimated at $ 700 thousand," the commercial director of the company said, adding that the Ukrainian carrier involved in transporting goods through Ukraine could not assist the company Cigaronne, whose cargo since May 21 is in Odessa. Tadevosyan, the main task of the company at the moment is to return the goods back to Armenia, he noted that now in Odessa is the lawyer of the company Cigaronne and is trying to solve this issue. Aaron Tadevosyan also said that the Polish company, Cigaronne signed an agreement for the supply of its products, applied to the Polish Embassy in Kiev, and Cigaronne contacted the Armenian Consulate in Odessa, but despite the consul's assistance, the cigarette was never returned. "We hope that Armenian Government will take measures, and this issue will be resolved in the near future, "Tadevosyan concluded.
In his turn, Vladlen Vlasenko, Director for Development and Purchasing of Cigaronne LLC, said that the company has always been accentuated in the quality of their products. "And it was doubly unpleasant to learn about the outbreak of scandal related to our products," Vladlen Vlasenko said. He said that the company, expanding its import market, entered into an agreement on the export of cigarettes to Poland. The company's products fully comply with the requirements and standards of the European Union. In addition, the company Cigaronne compiled a detailed list of those components that were used in cigarettes (according to EU requirements), and, having received an excise stamp, sent cigarettes to Poland through Ukraine. However, in Odessa, cigarettes were detained and confiscated, stating that there was no excise stamps on the product and that the company intended to transport 840,000 packs of cigarettes through the territory of Ukraine, while the total quantity of the shipped goods was 126,000 packs. However, according to Vlasenko, excise stamps on cigarettes are clearly visible in all the photographs sent by the Ukrainian side. "I do not know what purpose in this situation can pursue the authorities of Ukraine, but I hope that this misunderstanding will soon be resolved," Vlasenko said.