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Excise on imported cider up 60% in 2019

Excise duty on alcohol totalled €1.23 billion last year, down 0.5% on 2018’s excise take of €1.24 billion.
Excise on imported cider and perry, at €14.95 million, was up by 60% on 2018’s €9.37 million figure..

Excise on imported cider and perry, at €14.95 million, was up by 60% on 2018’s €9.37 million figure..

Excise receipts for imported beer in 2019 totalled €147.5 million, down slightly on the 2018 figure of €147.75 million according to the Revenue Commissioners’ Annual Report for 2019, while excise on domestically-produced beer was €273.9 million, down 3% from 2018’s €282.3 million figure.

The Revenue Commissioners’ total excise take from beer overall in 2019 was therefore €421.4 million, down 2% from 2018’s €430.1 million total.

Similarly, the excise brought in by cider and perry totalled €59.9 million, down 2% from 2018’s €61.2 total. This comprised excise on imported cider and perry of €14.95 million, up by 60% on 2018’s €9.37 million. Trade sources suggest a degree of pre-Brexit stockpiling.

Excise on domestically-produced cider and perry of €44.9 million was down 13% from 2018’s €51.8 million figure.

Excise revenue from spirits in 2019 totalled €373.3 million, slightly up on 2018’s total of €372.2 million.

This comprised €250.3 million in excise on imported spirits, up 3% on the previous year’s figure of €242.8 million and €123.1 million on domestically-produced spirits, down by just under 5% on the previous year’s €129.4 million figure.

Finally, excise on wine was up in 2019, by 0.4% to €377.9 million from 2018’s €376.4 million.

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