Cigarettes valued at €1.2 million seized at Dublin Port

Two million cigarettes found smuggled in container from Rotterdam

Cigarette smuggling has escalated in recent years. File Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Cigarette smuggling has escalated in recent years. File Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

 

Revenue Commissioner inspectors have seized cigarettes worth more than €1 million in Dublin Port.

Two million cigarettes were seized when customs officers checked a container from Rotterdam which arrived at Dublin Port.

The seized cigarettes, which originated in Belarus, have a retail value of over €1.2 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €1 million.

Investigations are ongoing and no arrests have been made to date.

Cigarette smuggling has escalated in recent years as there has been a €2 hike in excise duty in successive budgets. A further 50c was added to the cost of a packet of 20 in the last budget.

The cost of a packet of 20 cigarettes is now about €12.70, of which €11 is excise.