Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) was set up in June 2009 to represent retailers in the fight against the black market in Ireland.
We have almost 3,000 retail members around the country and 13 corporate sponsors.
Registered and legitimate retailers are competing directly with Ireland's rapidly growing tobacco black market.
If you have information and illegal cigarettes or tobacco, contact Revenue's confidential hotline. FREEPHONE 1800 295 295
Download our A3 print ready retailer awareness poster here.
The RAS Charter: A ten point action plan to stamp out smuggling.
The unacceptable levels of cigarette and fuel smuggling in Ireland needs to be tackled in a multi-layered, cross jurisdictional manner, involving a wide range of Government departments and agencies. Tobacco and fuel should only be sold in registered retail outlets. Any other point of sale is illegal and should be dealt with as such.
10 Point Action Plan
Illegal cigarettes 'huge threat' to retailersRetailers Against Smuggling said the cigarette black market is not only causing a loss to the exchequer, but also severely denting the retail industry.
Revenue seizes 10m cigarettes worth almost €8m at Rosslare EuroportRetailers Against Smuggling said the seizure demonstrated that the illicit tobacco trade is continuing to grow in Ireland.
Retailers concerned about 'exceptionally active' black market in tobacco smugglingThe issue of tobacco smuggling remains a huge threat for registered and legitimate tobacco retailers whose legal cigarette trade can account for 20% to 30% of their business - Retailers Against Smuggling.
SMOKED OUT | Revenue seize illegal cigarettes and tobacco worth €5.5m in Dublin PortThe seizure was welcomed by Retailers Against Smuggling, as spokesman Benny Gilsenan said: “The ongoing seizure of large consignments of illicit tobacco is a first-hand indicator of just how much demand for the black-market is growing.
Retailers feel impact of record year for large-scale tobacco smugglingIncrease in large seizures of illicit tobacco and cigarettes points to lucrative black market for organised crime gangs.
A unified voice, RAS aims to halt and reverse the growth of the illicit trade in Ireland.
RAS is supported by corporate sponsors including: Applegreen; Barry Group; BWG Foods Ltd; Circle K; CPL Fuels Ireland; CSNA; DHL; Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee (ITMAC); NFRN; Primeline Group; Retail Excellence; RGDATA; and Stonehouse.
With over forty years experience in the grocery trade, Benny Gilsenan is an Irish retail expert. In 1965, Benny moved from Oldcastle to work in wholesale and opened his first and only shop on Emmet Street, right opposite Croke Park in November 1973.
What can you do?
Retailers Against Smuggling.
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