More than 600m illicit cigarettes seized by HMRC in six months
Editor’s Note: There is about 1 gram of tobacco in each cigarettes. 137 tons of tobacco is equivalent to almost 125 million cigarettes. At this rate, the HRMC will be seizing the equivalent of almost 1.5 billion cigarettes per annum.
From: The Guardian
Between April and September 2015, hundreds of millions of cigarettes and 137 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco worth £232m in unpaid duty found
More than 600m illicit cigarettes and 137 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco with a tax value of £232m were seized by the government in the space of six months in 2015.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said the figures showed the department was reducing the illicit trade but that it remained a “significant problem”.