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 potential loss to the exchequer of €1,900,000. This brings the total quantity of seized illicit cigarettes reported by Revenue to over 40,000,000 so far this year pointing to a rapidly growing black market in Ireland.
Considering this latest major seizure, retailers are reiterating their call to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD not to include a further excise increase on tobacco products in next week’s Budget 2022 announcement. Additional excise increases will only serve to further incentivise consumers to purchase from the black market fuelling further growth in smuggling activity, which continues to impact registered and legitimate tobacco retailers whose legal cigarette trade can account for 20 – 30 per cent of their business.
RAS commends the ongoing work by Revenue officials in the fight against smuggling, particularly at our major points of entry through ports and airports.