Tobacco

HMRC & CPS Prosecute Shisha Tobacco Smuggling Gang

Six tobacco smugglers have been sentenced at the Old Bailey after being involved in illegal importation of shisha tobacco into the United Kingdom.  The arrests came after HM Revenue & Customers  (“HMRC”) amounted their biggest ever investigation into contraband shisha tobacco. The operation began in April 2013 after the Border Force Offices at Tilbury docks discovered 2.2 …

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Margaret Hodge MP: UK Tobacco Companies Fuelling Black Market Trade

The Public Accounts Committee have accused Britain’s tobacco industry of fuelling black market trade by oversupplying their products to high risk european countries such as Spain, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the committee, has also accused HM Revenue and Customs  (“HMRC”) of  “turning a blind eye” to the fact that UK manufacturers are oversupplying european …

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Retailer jailed for evading import duty and VAT

The owner of Quality Foods, Mr Puis Sedani (“Mr Sendani”), 51, has admitted to evading £580,000 worth of import duty and VAT on tobacco products. Despite two previous warnings from HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) for selling illegal tobacco and alcohol in January 2011 and December 2011, HMRC officers still later uncovered in November 2012, 447 …

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