Revenue seizes 6.5 million smuggled cigarettes at Dublin Port
Yesterday evening (12/07/2017), Revenue officers in Dublin Port seized almost 6.5 million smuggled cigarettes that arrived into Dublin Port from Vietnam, via Rotterdam.
Revenue's mobile x-ray scanner was deployed in an intelligence-led operation and the cigarettes were identified in a shipping container said to contain “paper”. Simultaneously, Revenue officers carried out searches under warrant of premises in counties Roscommon and Waterford and the investigation is ongoing, with a view to prosecution.
The seized cigarettes, 'cheap whites' branded “Jin Ling”, have a retail value of €3.5 million representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €2.8 million.
Revenue continues to target the supply of illicit tobacco products, with a view to disrupting the supply chain, seizing the illicit product and prosecuting those responsible. This latest seizure brings to almost 15 million the number of smuggled cigarettes that Revenue have seized, entering the country in containerised cargo, in the last two weeks.
The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty. If you know someone is evading tax or involved in smuggling, report it. Contact Revenue's Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.