Alcohol smuggling crackdown sees 250,000 pints of beer seized

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HMRC seized illicit alcohol during the operation
HMRC seized illicit alcohol during the operation
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) seized more than 137,000 litres of illicit alcohol during an operation to target international smuggling operations.

The haul included the equivalent of 250,000 pints of beer, 4,000 bottles of wine and 300 bottles of spirits.

Raids were carried out at the ports of Dover, Tilbury and Purfleet and inland at 23 locations including off-licences, haulier truck stops, industrial units and warehouses.

HMRC, working with Border Force, Trading Standards and Kent Police, seized a total of 137,124 litres of illegal alcohol during the operation, including:

  • 132,940 litres of beer
  • 260 litres of spirits
  • 3,924 litres of wine
  • Seven vehicles

John Pointing, assistant director of criminal investigation for HMRC, said: “Alcohol smuggling costs the UK economy around £1bn a year in lost revenue. HMRC is committed to tackling alcohol crime and this month’s action has had an outstanding impact in bringing law enforcement agencies across the UK and Europe together to disrupt one of the most serious organised criminal threats.”

Similar operations took place in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy.

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