Tobacco: Smuggling

Treasury written question – answered am ar 22 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Llafur, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2024, to Question 13272 on Tobacco: Smuggling, how many referrals have been made by Trading Standards to HMRC in the last 12 months; and how many penalties have been issued as a result.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

In July 2023 new powers were given to Trading Standards to make referrals to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) where they find evidence of tobacco products that don’t comply with the UK Tobacco Track and Trace System. The referral process which practically implements these powers started in October 2023. HMRC periodically publishes outputs of its tobacco strategy, and will publish the outputs of its work with Trading Standards as part of future publications.

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