Further memorandum submitted by BP Amoco
Thank you for your recent letter asking for
some further information about smuggling of fuel in Northern Ireland.
I have addressed these points below.
1. The chart was compiled at the end of
1998 and refers to 1997 vs 1998 sales data.
2. It is very difficult to accurately define
the precise amount of losses to illegal sales or legitimate cross-border
purchases but our estimation is a 50/50 split.
3. The emphasis has publicly been on diesel
smuggling but we are experiencing the same problems with petrol
4. BP Amoco does not supply fuel to the
Republic of Ireland, indeed we do not have any retail presence
15 April 1999