Revenue seizes cigarettes worth €3.5m at Dublin Port
Manchester and Winston brand cigarettes worth millions seized in operations at Dublin Port and Dublin Airport
21 January 2015 | 0
Congratulations to the Revenue’s Customs Service, which yesterday seized 7,680,000 cigarettes in Dublin Port with a retail value of over €3.5m.
The ‘Manchester’ brand cigarettes were discovered when officers, assisted by Revenue sniffer dog Casey, conducted an examination of a 45 foot container, which had arrived from Belgium. The cigarettes were concealed beneath a layer of black plastic and were described on the manifest as “breakfast cereals”.
In two separate operations at Dublin Airport over the past two days, 33,000 ‘Winston’ brand cigarettes were seized with a total retail value of approximately €16,600.
Officers discovered the cigarettes in the luggage of two male Moldovan nationals who arrived separately on flights from Moldova via Istanbul.
These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy.
The cigarettes seized represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €2.97m. This is assuming that they would have displaced the equivalent full tax paid quantity of cigarettes.
If members of the retail trade or the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.