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 15 corporate sponsors.
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
Over 10 million cigarettes worth €6 million seized at Dublin PortRevenue Officer seized more than 10 million cigarettes in Dublin Port
Three arrested after Revenue seize more than 33,000 cigarettes in separate operationsRevenue officers at Dublin Airport seized more than 33,000 cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €22,500.
'Giving information works' - Labour TD praises community for helping authorities in €1.5m seizureLabour's Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has welcomed the seizure of over 20kg of cocaine worth €1.5m which was found in the back of a vehicle at Rosslare Harbour
Alcohol seized at Irish ports doubled in 2019The amount of illicit alcohol seized at Ireland's ports and airports doubled last year
Tobacco seizures down by 75% as smugglers use ‘sophisticated concealments’Revenue says smugglers using ‘inventive and complex methods’ to bring in cigarettes
A unified voice, RAS aims to halt and reverse the growth of the illicit trade in Ireland.
RAS is funded and kindly supported by corporate sponsors including: Applegreen; Barry Group; BWG Foods Ltd; Circle K; CPL Fuels Ireland; CSNA; DHL; Hardware Association of Ireland; Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee (ITMAC); NFRN; Nightline Group; Primeline Group; Retail Excellence; RGDATA; and Stonehouse.