99 million cigarettes seized at UK port

Date: October 7, 2022Leave a comment

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is investigating the single largest seizure of illegal cigarettes ever made at a UK port. More than 99 million cigarettes, worth around £44 million in […]


Register now to avoid EU duty on goods destined for Northern Ireland

Date: December 21, 2020Leave a comment

Businesses moving goods into Northern Ireland from Great Britain are urged to sign up to the new UK Trader Scheme (UKTS) to ensure that they do not pay tariffs on […]


Four million illicit cigarettes seized from Glasgow warehouse

Date: November 24, 2020Leave a comment

More than four million illicit cigarettes, worth an estimated £1.6 million in lost duty and taxes, have been seized by HMRC from a warehouse in Glasgow. Investigations then led the […]


Contact HMRC to request bigger allocations of tobacco pre-Budget

Date: September 7, 2020Leave a comment

Wholesalers are being urged to contact HMRC if they need bigger allocations of cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco during the purchasing restrictions that are in place until the Budget. The measures, […]


600,000 cigarettes seized from van in Scotland

Date: August 18, 2020Leave a comment

A van driver has been arrested after an estimated 600,000 illicit cigarettes were seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The vehicle was stopped by Police Scotland officers while driving […]


Eight million cigarettes seized in cross-border operation

Date: May 31, 2020Leave a comment

Eight million suspected illicit cigarettes, worth an estimated £3 million in lost duty and taxes, were seized yesterday (30 May) in Newry, Co Armagh, by HM Revenue and Customs. A […]


COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay scheme to launch on 26 May

Date: May 19, 2020Leave a comment

A new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. The Coronavirus […]


Tobacco track & trace: rigorous enforcement from 20 May

Date: May 19, 2020Leave a comment

Wholesalers of tobacco products may have to turn customers away empty-handed when the new track & trace rules come into force on 20 May. Under the tobacco track & trace […]


Employers can apply for HMRC furlough payments on Monday 20 April

Date: April 18, 2020Leave a comment

Monday 20 April is an important day for all employers who have furloughed their workers as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) goes live at 8am with full digital support. […]


Imperial Tobacco launches its own anti-illicit trade hotline

Date: March 18, 2019Leave a comment

Imperial Tobacco has launched its own anti-illicit trade (AIT) hotline: 0800 0495992. This hotline will allow anyone who suspects illicit tobacco activity to report it easily and anonymously. The aim […]


The FWD finds several holes in the Budget

Date: March 9, 2017Leave a comment

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors responded swiftly to Wednesday’s Budget, with chief executive James Bielby listing the soft drinks levy, National Living Wage and potential new duty rates on cider […]


Imperial Tobacco provides further guidance on the EUTPD II

Date: April 14, 2016Leave a comment

As part of its ‘Partnering for Success’ initiative, Imperial Tobacco has released a video offering guidance to the trade on the EU Tobacco Products Directive (EUTPD II) and standardised packaging […]