An attempt to smuggle nearly one million cigarettes into the UK has been prevented by Border Force officers at Immingham Docks. The cigarettes had been shipped to the UK inside two trailers which arrived at the port from Gothenburg, Sweden. In the first trailer officers discovered two pallets containing 419,000 cigarettes hidden underneath tins of biscuits. In the second trailer 530,000 cigarettes were found inside two pallets labelled as plastic tiles.
Mark Robinson, Border Force Assistant Director for the Humber Ports, said: “These seizures are down to the hard work and vigilance of Border Force officers at the Humber ports who foil smuggling attempts on a daily basis. “By stopping these shipments we have starved those responsible of the proceeds of their criminality. “I would urge anyone tempted by cheap cigarettes and tobacco to think again. The black market cheats honest traders and it is effectively stealing from the public purse.”
Had the smuggling attempt proved successful it could have cost the Treasury approximately £250,000 in unpaid duty and VAT. The seizures were made on Wednesday evening (27 May). No arrests have been made but enquiries continue. Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country. They use an array of search techniques, which in addition to sniffer dogs includes carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners. As well as visual searches, to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities. View full article
Grimsby Telegraph (29 May 2015) One million cigarettes seized at Immingham Docks [online newspaper]. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/pku3z6o