But one thing which passes into Mexico without even a bogus express paper are contraband cigarettes. Literally millions of cigarettes have been
intercepted going into Mexico form Belize – which means that many millions more are smuggled through. Today the ambassador said Belize and Mexico need
a trade agreement to cut down on contraband:..
H.E. Carlos Quesnel Melendez - Mexican Ambassador to Belize
"We are very concerned on this issue. This has been brought to the official discussions between both countries. I can tell you this is one of the main
concerns of our people, the authorities based in Chetumal. We are doing all of our efforts to combat, to fight this smuggling of cigarettes."
"Even if we are fighting very seriously this phenomenon because we don’t want these kinds o cigarettes in México and Central America, but I think the
best way to combat it, to fight the smuggling of cigarettes is having a free trade agreement that allows not only cigarettes, but many other products
to be traded openly and not through contraband which affects the economy of the countries of the area."