Tobacco smuggling - Home Affairs Committee Contents


1.   We are worried that not enough is being done by the Government and its appropriate agencies to combat the problem of tobacco smuggling at source. We urge the members of HMRC and Border Force set up firm relationships with their counterparts in countries such as Malaysia. This will ensure that intelligence and best practice is shared. (Paragraph 16)

2.  While there have been some high profile successes, over the last three years the numbers of prosecutions and convictions for organised crime cases involving tobacco have fallen. We do not believe that these numbers are decreasing due to the reduction in this type of crime and are deeply concerned that these figures may indicate a reduction in enforcement action. (Paragraph 17)

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