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Tackling tobacco smuggling: outputs

Information on the outputs of the tobacco strategy, case studies, criminal investigations, civil penalties and high profile multi-agency events.


Quarter 1 outputs: April to June 2013

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Border Force published a comprehensive strategy for tackling tobacco smuggling in 2011 to address the source, supply and demand for illicit tobacco products in the UK.

The strategy has been boosted by a £25 million reinvestment from the government’s 2010 Spending Review which is aimed at tackling organised crime, tax evasion and avoidance.

HMRC estimates the size of the illicit market using tax gap data which is reported annually, each autumn.

Published 19 March 2014
Last updated 29 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added outputs for quarter 3 (October to December 2015) and quarter 4 (January to March 2016)
  2. Added 2015 quarter 1 and 2 outputs (April 2015 to September 2015)
  3. The quarter 3 and 4 (October 2014 to March 2015) outputs information on tackling tobacco smuggling has been published.
  4. Added link to Strategy document
  5. Updated to include information for quarter 4
  6. First published.