Tobacco: Smuggling:Written question - 215878

Q
Asked by Mark Garnier
(Wyre Forest)
Asked on: 25 November 2014
HM Treasury
Tobacco: Smuggling
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to tackle the illicit trade in tobacco.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 01 December 2014

Since 2000, HMRC’s tobacco fraud strategy has reduced the illicit market for cigarettes from 22% in 2000/01 to 10% in 2013/14, and the illicit market for hand-rolling tobacco from 61% to 39% in the same period.

The current strategy to tackle tobacco smuggling was launched in 2011 and adopts a holistic approach to tackling the problem overseas, at the border and within the UK. This includes continual monitoring of intelligence to assess and respond to changes in criminal behaviours, partnership working with other enforcement agencies, such as Trading Standards, and use of a wide range of interventions and sanctions.

The strategy can be accessed on the HMRC website: http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageImport_ShowContent&id=HMCE_PROD1_031246&propertyType=document

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