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

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 last year alone.

The campaign highlights the impact that illicit trade is having on small retailers nationwide, and its knock-on effects. RAS spokesperson, Benny Gilsenan, said: “With our ‘Smuggling matters to me’ campaign, RAS want to give a voice to the shopkeepers around the country that are having their business undermined by smuggled tobacco, alcohol and solid fuel. Retailers face an uncertain future with Brexit looming, so the Government need to provide more resources to Revenue to stop the flow of illicit goods into Ireland and her local communities.”

RAS have arranged for posters to be displayed in their members’ shop windows, in order to tell the stories of individual retailers and show the human face of those affected by smuggling. RAS hope that the campaign will put pressure on Government to increase the resources available to combat illicit trade in Ireland.

‘Smuggling matters to me’ is designed to not only show what is happening to shopkeepers, but also to understand how illicit trade is affecting our local communities. Anyone with any knowledge of smuggling activities should call Revenue, confidentially, on 1800 295 295.