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Heathrow cabin crew manager sentenced for tobacco smuggling – UK Border Agency

“A British Airways cabin crew member, who used his position to illegally import tobacco into the UK through Heathrow Airport, received a 120-hour community punishment order on 20 August. The potential revenue loss on the smuggled tobacco is estimated at around £18,000.”

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UK Border Agency, 27th August 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Regina v Varsani – WLR Daily

Regina v Varsani [2010] EWCA Crim 1938; [2010] WLR (D) 237

“Where an offender was convicted of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of duty on counterfeit cigarettes, contrary to s 170 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, the reference to the retail price of cigarettes ‘of that description’ in s 5(1) of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979, as amended, by which the value of the duty was to be calculated, was to the retail price of genuine non-counterfeit cigarettes which were of the same description as the counterfeit ones on which the duty was evaded.”

WLR Daily, 24th August 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Driver who smuggled 5m cigarettes is jailed – The Independent

“A lorry driver, who illegally imported 5.4 million cigarettes into the UK hidden in apple boxes, was jailed for two years and eight months today, HM Revenue and Customs said.”

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The Independent, 24th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina v White; Regina v Dennard; Regina v Perry; Regina v Rowbotham – WLR daily

Regina v White; Regina v Dennard; Regina v Perry; Regina v Rowbotham [2010] EWCA Crim 978; [2010] WLR (D) 120

“For the purposes of tobacco smuggling cases there was unlikely to be any incompatibility between the rules which made those liable under the Excise Goods (Holding, Movement, Warehousing and REDS) Regulations 1992 or the Tobacco Products Regulations 2001 to pay duty and those made liable by Council Directive 92/12/EEC.”

WLR Daily, 12th May 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Suspected counterfeits can be destroyed if not defended by importer, says HMRC – OUT-LAW.com

“Suspected counterfeit goods being brought into the UK can be destroyed without going to court if the importer fails to object, according to new rules put in place by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th April 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

UK authorities’ inability to seize counterfeits results in EU court referral – OUT-LAW.com

“The Court of Appeals has asked Europe’s highest court to rule on whether UK authorities can seize counterfeit goods passing through the UK and allow brand owners to take legal action against the companies behind the fakes.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Tobacco smugglers ‘due payouts’ – BBC News

“Thousands of tobacco smugglers could be due compensation because their assets were wrongly confiscated, customs officials have admitted.”

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BBC News, 20th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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