The beer haul represents a potential loss of €55,000 to the Exchequer and forms part of a seizure of medicines and tobacco products with a combined estimated retail value of over €189,000 in Rosslare Europort, Dublin Port and Dublin Airport in the last few days.
Last Wednesday Revenue officers in Rosslare Europort seized a truck and its load of over 25,800 litres of beer after routine profiling to identify alcohol products that may be diverted onto the market without payment of the tax due.
The truck was stopped when it arrived in the port from France. Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.
On Sunday Revenue officers at Dublin Port stopped and searched a truck as it disembarked a ferry from Holyhead.
Along with its legitimate consignment, the truck was also found to be carrying alcohol without appropriate documentation or payment of tax due.
Revenue seized the alcohol, 216 litres of beer and approximately 26 litres of spirits with and estimated retail value of €1,800, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €1,000.
These seizures form part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products, alcohol and medicines in the shadow economy.