Revenue seize 26,000 cigarettes in Dublin and Cork
On Friday (04/09/2020), as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers seized 16,000 cigarettes at Dublin Airport. The smuggled cigarettes were discovered in the baggage of two Polish nationals who had disembarked a flight from Poznan, Poland. The smuggled cigarettes, branded ‘L&B’ have an estimated retail value of over €10,000, representing a potential loss to the exchequer of €8,500.
Separately, on Friday (04/09/2020), as a result of a targeted operation, Revenue officers seized 10,000 cigarettes at Horgan’s Quay, the Port of Cork. The smuggled cigarettes were discovered on board a cargo vessel registered in Antigua and Barbuda. The ‘Winston’ and ‘ASSOS’ branded cigarettes have an estimated retail value of over €6,700, representing a potential loss to the exchequer of €5,320.
Investigations are ongoing.
These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.