October 12, 2021
Budget 2022

Tobacco excise increase fails to stem spiralling black-market activity – Budget 2022

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) has expressed its apprehension over how yet another excise increase on tobacco is set to further fuel a rapidly growing black market. […]
October 7, 2021
Rosslare Seizure October 2021

Retailers Against Smuggling welcomes cigarette seizure at Rosslare Europort

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) has welcomed Tuesday’s seizure by Revenue of 3,300,000 million cigarettes at Rosslare Europort with an estimated retail value of €2,400,000 representing a […]
August 31, 2021
Illegal Cigarette Manufacturing

13.5 tonnes of raw tobacco seized points to large-scale illegal cigarette manufacturing

13.5 tonnes of raw tobacco seized so far this year indicates the likelihood of large-scale illegal cigarette factories operating on the island of Ireland.
July 12, 2021

Excise increases on tobacco will push consumers to growing black market, retailers warn

Attachment orders required to make deterrents to smuggle tobacco more robust Continuous excise increases on tobacco are driving Irish smokers towards a growing black market, fuelling […]
June 18, 2021
Tobacco Seizure Dublin Port

No let-up in tobacco smuggling through Ireland’s ports despite additional Brexit checks

Significant tobacco seizures at Ireland’s ports in 2021 provide a clear indication that illicit trade is stronger than ever despite the deterrent of additional Brexit related Revenue checks. That is the reaction from Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) after Revenue seized four tonnes of tobacco worth over €2.4 million at Dublin Port this week.
October 13, 2020
Budget 2021

Budget 2021 excise hikes will fuel further smuggling and penalises legitimate retailers

Retailers Against Smuggling has expressed grave concern that yet another excise increase will lead to further increased rates of tobacco smuggling directly impacting legitimate registered retailers. […]
August 5, 2020

Ireland remains a target for tobacco smugglers as illegal cigarettes seized increases fivefold

Revenue seized 31.2 million cigarettes during first six months of 2020 compared to 6.6 million in the same period last year Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) have […]
May 11, 2020
Cigarette seizures

Seizures worth over €7.9m indicate cigarette smugglers are thriving despite coronavirus

Rigorous monitoring and increased checks by Revenue are essential to combat a potential increase in illicit trade of cigarettes over the coming months. That is the […]
February 3, 2020
RAS General Election 2020

More resources needed to tackle illegal smuggling in light of significant drop in tobacco products seizures

Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) is calling on the next Government to consider further resources in the detection and prosecution of illegal smuggling of excisable goods. New […]