UPS accused by New York of illegal cigarette shipments

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Returntosender, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    New York (AFP) - New York officials Wednesday charged shipping giant UPS with delivering millions of contraband cigarettes that evaded tens of millions of dollars in state taxes.

    Between 2010 and 2014, UPS is accused of making more than 78,500 cigarette shipments on behalf of illegal cigarette vendors.

    The suit charges UPS of running afoul of New York's tightly-regulated cigarette sales, which are limited to licensed wholesale dealers.

    Dealers must affix a stamp on each package attesting they have paid state excise taxes before they are allowed into the New York market.

    The state tax is set high to discourage consumption, but that makes it lucrative for people to smuggle in cigarettes from other low-tax states.

    A New York investigation found UPS "knowingly" shipped thousands of cartons of unstamped cigarettes to unlicensed wholesalers or retailers, the complaint said.
  2. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    Like I tell my customers all the time - if you can put a label on it, UPS will ship it. This company will do whatever it can to make a dollar.
  3. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    Sound like a repeat story .
    Ten years ago it was shipments from Indian Reservations containing smokes .
  4. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    I can't breathe! I can't breathe!

    HEFFERNAN Huge Member

    Let's not sue the shippers or the receivers, lets sue the guys who don't open the boxes.

    BTW, here's a picture of 4 new peak casual drivers if New York wins this BS suit.
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  6. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Corporations are people. If they resist the need to be beaten down and choked out.
  7. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    Beating down UPS, why? Because we're brown?? That's racist as hell, just ask tos
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  8. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Of course not. It's because they're shipping cigarettes illegally.
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

  10. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    So now if some druggy sends illegal drugs through UPS, we can get busted.
  11. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I see a DIAD training session in those drivers futures.
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  12. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    I can, then again, I would not resist arrest.
  13. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    What happened to Integrity?
  14. Lead Belly

    Lead Belly BANNED

    Cigarettes stink real bad.
  15. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    I'm worried about him too, haven't seen old I around for a while
  16. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Careful he's like candyman, say his name 3 times and he'll appear..
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  17. Look at a couple thousand boxes tonight and had no idea what was in them.

    So I guess we are supposed to all have x-ray vision? Leave it to the People's Republic of New York. Surprised California didn't beat them to this.
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  18. Oak

    Oak Active Member

    I have an account for my small business. At no time, no where in the process of creating a label does the system ask what is in the package.

    The post office has never asked what was in a package any time I've shipped with them either.
  19. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Ups has a history of rolling over. Just 6 months ago they paid a fine for illegal prescriptions. They've marked themselves.
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  20. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    Well yea, who do you think has more money to pay the fines?