More than one million cigarettes seized by Border Force in Hull

Published: Friday 23rd October 2015 by KCFM

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More than one million cigarettes have been seized by Border Force officers at Hull docks. The 1,050,000 cigarettes were hidden inside shrink-wrapped boxes, which were labelled as roofing materials. They were shipped to the UK inside an unaccompanied trailer, which arrived at the port of Rotterdam in Holland.

Mark Robinson, Border Force Assistant Director for the Humber Ports, said: “By stopping this shipment we have starved those responsible of the proceeds of their criminality. I would urge anyone tempted by cheap cigarettes and tobacco to think again. The black market cheats honest traders and it is effectively stealing from the public purse.”

Had the smuggling attempt proved successful on Thursday, it could have cost the Treasury approximately £250,000 in unpaid duty and VAT.

KCFM

Published: Friday 23rd October 2015 by KCFM

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  • bailey

    this goverment brings its own troubles on itself the problem will only get worse because of greed for tax which will prove to be counter productive i don,t blame anyone for buying smuggled cigs i am now a non smoker but you can only push the public so far before they bite back there are more serious things to put right like obesity and alcohol which cost far more than the poor smoker costs, smugglers will always be there while cigerette prices remain high its a good money maker for them they can afford an occasional loss so mr cameron its you who puts small shop keepers out of buisness level the playing field for them

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