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Smuggling is the conveyance of things by stealth, particularly the clandestine movement of goods to evade customs duties or import or export restrictions.

Smuggling flourishes wherever there are high-revenue duties (e.g., on tea, spirits, and silks in 18th-century England, coffee in many European countries, and tobacco almost everywhere) or prohibitions on import (narcotics) or on export (arms and currency).[1]


  1. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. "smuggling", referenced 16 June, 2014.