Revenue seize 7.9 million smuggled cigarettes worth over €4.3 million in Dublin

Yesterday (11/07/2018), as part of an intelligence led operation, Revenue officers seized 7.9 million smuggled cigarettes that arrived into Dublin Port aboard a vessel from Rotterdam. The cigarettes were identified in a shipping container said to contain 'welding equipment' and 'workshop machinery'. The seized cigarettes were 'cheap whites' branded “Business Royals” and “Gold Classic”, with a retail value of over €4.3 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €3.4 million. Investigations are ongoing.

This seizure is part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco in the shadow economy. 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 12/07/2018]