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The seized cigarettes.
The seized cigarettes.
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8.4 million cigarettes, hidden behind frozen chicken, seized at Dublin Port

The smuggled cigarettes have an estimated value of over €4.1 million.
May 6th 2020, 10:57 PM 21,469 32

MORE THAN EIGHT million cigarettes were seized by Revenue officers at Dublin Port today.

The 8.4 million cigarettes were concealed behind pallets of frozen chicken in a refrigerated shipping container that arrived aboard a vessel from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The so-called ‘illicit white’ cigarettes, branded ‘RICHMOND’, have an estimated value of over €4.1 million, representing a loss to the Exchequer of €3.51 million.

Yesterday, nine million cigarettes marked as frozen food were also seized at the port.

Investigations are ongoing.

A spokesperson said this seizure is part of Revenue’s “ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products”.

If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they are advised to contact Revenue in confidence on freephone number 1800 295 295.

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