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Retailers call for protection of legitimate Irish businesses in Budget 2018

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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 airport and Aircoach campaign to raise awareness of the illegality of selling tobacco bought abroad, in Ireland.

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  • July 5, 2017
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Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer at launch of campaign at Cork Airport (3 July) to raise public awareness of the impact reselling tobacco products bought abroad has on local retailers.
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Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) launched an extensive public awareness campaign to highlight to passengers that purchasing tobacco abroad and selling on in Ireland is a criminal offence in Cork Airport on 3 July with Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer.  RAS aim to use the busy summer period to show that bringing home cigarettes and tobacco…

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

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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…

New Department of Health Survey undermines its own argument that tobacco excise hikes reduce smoking #HIsurvey16 The Healthy Ireland Survey, which was launched today by Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, reveals that the Irish Government objective of increasing excise duty on tobacco and cigarette products to reduce the number of people…

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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”.…