Greece cracks down on illicit street trade ahead of Easter

Greek authorities will be increasing their customs checks at all key entry points as well as cracking down on unlicensed street vendors, the head of the Greek Police’s task force against illegal trade told Skai TV on Tuesday.

With the Easter holidays expected to bring a spike in the illegal street trade, police will be increasing their investigations into locating warehouses for illegal goods such as knock-off handbags, sun glasses and other accessories, Dimitris Bouloukos said, adding that his unit will be in closer cooperation with customs officials in order to intercept large shipments of contraband into Greece.

Authorities estimate that the illegal street trade accounts for 20 billion euros a year in lost taxes and tariffs.

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