Category Archive for: Fuel Smuggling

One in Three Retailers Along the Border Concerned that Brexit will Create a Bigger Market for Smuggling.

A cross-border survey conducted by Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) has revealed that one in three retailers in Ireland are concerned about the rise in criminality and illicit trade following the decision of the UK to leave the European Union last year. Responses from 114 retailers in the counties of Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo and Louth…

Retailers call for protection of legitimate Irish businesses in Budget 2018

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS), which represents over 3,000 small and medium sized retailers nationwide, today publish their Budget 2018 submission calling for: A moratorium on further excise increases until such rises can be proven not to lead to a surge in smuggling as a result of price differentials. In the context of Brexit, provide increased…

Retailers Against Smuggling launch ‘Smuggling matters to me’ campaign to highlight devastating effect illicit trade has on retailers

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) have today launched their ‘Smuggling matters to me’ campaign, give a voice to the thousands of retailers affected by illicit trade. The campaign centres around posters showing small and medium-sized Irish retailers talking about their experience of a problem that showed 742 million cigarettes were bought illegally or brought from abroad…

Retailers and the Exchequer suffer as over 742 million cigarettes bought illegally or brought from overseas

900,000 cigarettes seized in Dublin hours after budget

In 2016, 10% of the cigarettes in Ireland were illegal, while 8% were non-Irish duty paid (NIDP) This means that 742 million cigarettes in 2016 were not purchased from registered and legitimate retailers in Ireland. Additionally, 9% of Roll Your Own (RYO) tobacco was illegal, with 3% NIDP. Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) welcome the publication…

Retailers Against Smuggling welcome the Sale of Illicit Goods Bill as landmark step in the fight against smuggling

900,000 cigarettes seized in Dublin hours after budget

by Ciaran Bradley | Apr 04, 2017 | Press Statement | Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) today welcome the introduction of the Sales of Illicit Goods Bill as a significant step in combatting smuggling into Ireland – a problem that cost the exchequer as much as €2.4bn in 2015. The aim of the draft legislation is to deter people from…

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Retailers across the country are today calling on the Government to urgently consult with them on measures to tackle sales of illegal cigarettes and tobacco on Ireland’s streets. The UK revenue and customs, HMRC, last week launched such a consultation, with the focus in particular on repeat offenders.  RAS note that we do not know…

fuel smuggling

In a letter sent today to all parties, Retailers against Smuggling (RAS) set down an Action Plan which it believes will go a considerable way in stamping out the unacceptable levels of competition legitimate retailers’ face from criminal gangs who sell illegal tobacco and fuel.