Officers from Revenue's Customs Service seized 38 million cigarettes which were imported into Dublin Port in four forty-foot maritime containers.
Customs Seize 38 million Cigarettes
Officers from Revenue's Customs Service today (12/04/12) seized 38 million cigarettes which were imported into Dublin Port in four forty-foot maritime containers. The cigarettes seized have a retail value of EUR14.7m with a potential loss to the Exchequer of EUR13.1m.
The "Golden Eagiie" brand cigarettes, which originated in Vietnam and arrived into Dublin Port via Rotterdam, were described as 'wood briquettes' on the manifest and were consigned to an Irish-based company. Approximately 9.5m cigarettes were seized from each of the four containers which travelled on one Bill of Lading.
The containers were selected for x-ray scan based on risk profiling conducted by Customs. The scans showed an anomaly in the contents of the containers, resulting in further inspection. Boxes of wood pellets were used as the cover load.
Adele J King