Customs set to crack down on home heating oil smuggling

CUSTOMS officers are cracking down on home heating-oil smugglers who are purchasing oil in the North and bringing it across the Border. According to Customs Officials, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of people who are buying home heating oil outside the State following the introduction of a carbon tax, which added w32 to the cost of 1,000 litres in Ireland.

CUSTOMS officers are cracking down on home heating-oil smugglers who are purchasing oil in the North and bringing it across the Border. According to Customs Officials, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of people who are buying home heating oil outside the State following the introduction of a carbon tax, which added w32 to the cost of 1,000 litres in Ireland.

CUSTOMS officers are cracking down on home heating-oil smugglers who are purchasing oil in the North and bringing it across the Border. According to Customs Officials, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of people who are buying home heating oil outside the State following the introduction of a carbon tax, which added €32 to the cost of 1,000 litres in Ireland.

So far this year Customs Officers have made seven seizures of Northern kerosene, amounting to almost 10,000 litres. This compares with a total of 27,500 litres confiscated in 16 seizures during 2010.

The crackdown is being led by staff from the Revenue anti-evasion team. Officers hope to bring criminal prosecutions against a number of suspected smugglers and files have been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The average cost of home-heating oil in the Republic is €840 per 1,000 litres, representing a rise of 40 percent in the past year. This compares with Stg£530 (€616) in the North.

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