Retailers welcome seizure of 7.2 million cigarettes at Dublin Port
"Fourth major seizure in three weeks, is yet another first-hand indicator of an exceptionally active black market," says Retailers Against Smuggling
10 August 2021 | 0
Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) welcomed the seizure by Revenue of 7.2 million cigarettes at Dublin Port on Thursday, 5 August, with an estimated retail value of over €5 million. This represented a potential loss to the exchequer of €3,9 million.
“This, the fourth major seizure in three weeks, is yet another first-hand indicator of an exceptionally active black market and the scale of tobacco smuggling in Ireland,” RAS said in a press statement.
The association added that its members commended the ongoing work by Revenue officials in the fight against smuggling, particularly at our major points of entry through ports and airports.
“However, the issue of tobacco smuggling remains a huge threat for registered and legitimate tobacco retailers whose legal cigarette trade can account for 20 – 30% of their business,” RAS stated.
The illegal cigarettes branded ‘Richmond’ were discovered, with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, in a container that had arrived into Dublin Port on a vessel from Rotterdam.
If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.