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26th September 2016, 16:50

Hacienda says it accounts for all tobacco entering Gibraltar

Spain’s Tax Agency claims it inspects and records one hundred percent of the tobacco that comes into Gibraltar, and that its frontier controls are not merely random.

This is in response to an article published by regional newspaper Europa Sur, in which the chief sergeant of La Linea’s Policia Judicial had said much of the tobacco imported from different parts of Europe never reaches Gibraltar, instead being offloaded along the way in the province of Malaga.

The Ministry of Tax describes as “entirely incorrect” the statement that physical searches of trucks entering Gibraltar are carried out either randomly or based on previous information. It claims all of the tobacco is unloaded, opened, and counted, and says La Linea’s Customs has not had any information to back up the assertion that most of the illegal tobacco trade begins on Spanish soil.