Archive for: July, 2016

900,000 cigarettes seized in Dublin hours after budget

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) Spokesperson Benny Gilsenan expressed his frustration and disappointment following the publication of the Tax Strategy Group report (TSG) today which suggested it may be prudent to raise the Minimum Excise Duty in Budget 2017: “despite the TSG highlighting that 12% of cigarettes in Ireland are illicit and that we have a…

Cross Border

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) today welcomed the first report from the Joint Agency Task Force, which was set up under the Fresh Start, The Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan by the British and Irish governments and the Northern Ireland Executive as part of “a concerted and enhanced effort to tackle organised and cross jurisdictional crime”.…

Budget Submission

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS), representing over 3,000 retailers in the struggle against the black market in Ireland sent their pre-Budget submissions to Ministers Noonan and Donohoe today. In the first six months of 2016, tobacco products seized by Revenue have led to a loss of over €15.8 million to the Exchequer which is over €5…