A Smuggler was someone who engaged in the clandestine shipment of goods or people to prevent taxation or some other impediment. The goods shipped were often highly illegal or banned in some parts of The Galaxy.


Smuggling, while having been a part of galactic trade for many years in the Galactic Republic, absolutely thrived under the Galactic Empire's strict control of goods. The nationalizing of companies' assets, including their vast merchant fleets, greatly increased smuggling's appeal and demand. By 5 BBY, smuggling had become so common that Imperial officers often looked the other way if they found a smuggling outfit. For example, Admiral Kendal Ozzel, dismissed the Rebel outpost Echo Base on Hoth as a smuggling operation when reports of its location arrived from an Arakyd Viper probe droid. The fact that many smugglers operated in support of the Rebellion and channeled funds to them made such distinctions even more difficult.

Common problems for smugglersEdit

"All right. Then it's going to cost you something extra. Ten thousand all in advance."
Han Solo, to Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker[src]

Smugglers had to worry about attacks from pirates and opportunists who would attempt to steal their cargo, meaning that smugglers needed to avoid some of the most lawless star systems to remain safe. Also, because they were smuggling contraband, they had no hope of help from Republic and later Imperial forces and could not seek the protection of the galactic authorities. Most smugglers developed keen skills to avoid trouble, and they modified their ships not only for better cargo capacity, but also for greater speed and defenses.

After the formation of the Galactic Empire, smugglers often used smaller and less well-known routes that skirted Imperial strong points within the galaxy. There were many of these smuggling routes, and every smuggler usually had his or her preferred ways of getting from place to place safely. Despite their precautions, many smugglers ended their career on prison worlds such as Kessel or Akrit'tar. Many smugglers were also killed during their runs, and some even committed suicide to avoid being arrested and sentenced.

Famous SmugglersEdit

Famous Smuggling ShipsEdit

Common Smugglers HideoutsEdit

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Cantinas and pubsEdit

Planets and Other LocationsEdit

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