Revenue seize 7.2 million cigarettes worth €4 million in Dublin Port

Yesterday (31/10/18), as part of routine operations, Revenue officers seized 7.2 million smuggled cigarettes that arrived into Dublin Port. The cigarettes were discovered when officers conducted an examination of freight which arrived in Dublin from Rotterdam, with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner and detector dog Kelly.

The seized cigarettes, branded ‘Excellence’ and ‘Gold Classic’ have a retail value of over €4 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €3.2 million.

Investigations are ongoing.

The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty. If businesses or members of the public have any information about smuggling or the sale of illegal tobacco products, they can contact Revenue on Confidential phone number 1800 295 295.

[ENDS 01/11/2018]