Fuel Laundering and Smuggling in Northern Ireland

Fuel Laundering and Smuggling in Northern Ireland

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The Committee recognises the commitment and effort of individual HMRC officers in the fight against fuel crime in Northern Ireland, but says that as HMRC was allocated an additional Ap917 million in 2010-11 to bear down on tax avoidance and evasion across the UK, it should make a more concerted effort to eradicate the problem in Northern Ireland, where it is most prevalent. There is particular disappointment in the lack of progress on developing new qmarkersq: chemicals added to fuel to mark it out as rebated, which are removed to enable it to be fraudulently sold at higher prices. Northern Ireland is estimated to have lost Ap70 million in 2009-10. Only five years ago this figure was as high as Ap250 million but fuel fraud remains a particularly serious problem for Northern Ireland. While 4% of diesel sold in GB is thought to be illicit, in Northern Ireland the comparable figure is estimated to be 12%. District councils in Northern Ireland foot the bill for cleaning up the harmful wastes left by laundering - about Ap330, 000 in the last five years. The problem is also particularly acute in Northern Ireland because of links between organised criminal gangs and paramilitaries. The Committee is concerned at the apparent limited success of assets recovery as a deterrent. This lack of deterrence is exacerbated by the poor record for imposing custodial sentences in Northern Ireland. Between 2001 and 2009, only four people received custodial sentences for fuel fraud in Northern IrelandWritten evidence from David Ford MLA, Minister of Justice and Chair of the Organised Crime Task Force I agreed in my ... 4. It is clear that HMRC is committed to tackling this issue seriously and I am pleased that HMRC has increased its ... data would indicate that the duty lost from diesel sales is declining-down from Ap150 million in 2008a€”()9 to Ap70 million in 2009-10. ... 6. While the trend of these data is welcome, fuel fraud is still a problem. The current emphasis is on the laundering ofanbsp;...

Title:Fuel Laundering and Smuggling in Northern Ireland
Author:Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, GreatBritainParliament: House of Commons
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2012-03-27


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