Retailers Against Smuggling have welcomed a call from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for extra funding to be made available for anti-smuggling measures in their Budget 2020 submission published this week. RAS spokesperson Benny Gilsenen said “We agree with the RCPI that additional funding should be made available for anti-smuggling measures. RAS have asked for extra funding for Revenue and the Gardaí year on year. This year is especially important with Brexit due to happen at the end of October and still no deal in place. Government also needs to recognise the significant increase in the illegal trade of Roll Your Own (RYO) tobacco, which has more than doubled in the last two years.” RAS are calling on the government to increase spending on anti-illicit trade measures and to freeze any further excise hikes on tobacco products until the situation is under control.
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