Revenue seize over 8 million cigarettes worth almost €4 million in Dublin Port

Last Friday (30/11/2018), as part of routine operations, Revenue officers seized over 8 million smuggled cigarettes that had arrived into Dublin Port.

The cigarettes were discovered with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner when officers conducted an examination of freight, which arrived into Dublin from Rotterdam.

The seized cigarettes, branded ‘Mayfair’ and ‘Richmond’, have a retail value of almost €4 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €3.3 million. The foreign registered truck in which the cigarettes arrived was also seized and the driver, a man in his 20s, was questioned.

Investigations are ongoing.

Most 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 03/12/2018]