Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (70)

Damien English

Question:

70. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide an update on the number of tobacco seizures in each month since January 2011; the amount of cigarettes and tobacco seized in each month since January 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35655/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that combating the illegal tobacco trade is, and will continue to be, a very high priority for them. The Commissioners’ “Strategy on Combating the Illicit Tobacco Trade (2011-2013)”, which is published on the Revenue website (www.revenue.ie), includes a wide range of measures designed to target those engaged in the supply and sale of illicit tobacco products and very significant resources are being devoted to this issue in 2013. This multi-faceted strategy includes:

- the ongoing analysis of the nature and extent of the problem

- developing and sharing intelligence on a national, EU and international basis

- the ongoing review of operational policies by a high-level group within Revenue that is chaired by one of the Commissioners

- the development of analytics and detection technologies and

- the optimum deployment of resources at both point of importation and within the country to intercept and seize contraband products and to prosecute those involved.

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the monthly seizures of cigarettes and tobacco in 2011 and 2012, and this year to 14th July are as detailed in the following tables.

2011

Month

Cigarette Seizures

Number of Cigarettes Seized

Tobacco Seizures

Quantity Seized (Kilograms)

January

789

10,939,140

111

472

February

822

8,091,205

134

133

March

1,155

10,794,099

132

210

April

777

5,435,572

73

121

May

1,133

7,848,277

128

321

June

831

20,834,846

133

205

July

752

11,029, 341

109

2,724

August

934

3,087,755

172

2,497

September

997

14,093,544

165

2,840

October

847

2,674,637

118

714

November

867

2,380,390

95

283

December

684

11,882,143

131

638

2012

Month

Cigarette Seizures

Number of Cigarettes Seized

Tobacco Seizures

Quantity Seized (Kilograms)

January

654

1,625,944

116

621

February

731

2,139,561

93

336

March

723

1,870,649

105

306

April

652

43,068,330

95

137

May

819

7,601,016

115

773

June

696

2,110,869

126

272

July

676

8,379,138

160

263

August

618

1,315,452

103

273

September

738

13,274,574

141

360

October

663

9,612,366

117

281

November

724

2,621,542

127

1,392

December

417

1,986,889

97

262

2013

Month

Cigarette Seizures

Number of Cigarettes Seized

Tobacco Seizures

Quantity Seized (Kilograms)

January

507

1,496,741

94

325

February

494

1,255,479

125

536

March

551

1,946,456

98

248

April

457

990,767

94

104

May

548

4,327,337

114

1,058

June

433

1,260,769

79

614

July (1st-14th inclusive)

161

10,856,480

25

51