HAI has launched its Pre-Budget Submission today recommending a number of initiatives to Government and calling for them to crack down on one of a number of cross-border smuggling activities that hits retailers in the sector hard – the illicit trade in solid fuel.
‘Whilst it is good news that the Sale of Illicit Goods Act has reached the first stage of its journey through the Oireachtas, without enforcement and the funding to support enforcement, our members will continue to suffer hard blows to their business each winter’ commented Annemarie Harte, CEO of Hardware Association Ireland.
‘89% of over 200 of our retailer and merchant members are affected every year with losses translating to an annual figure of at least €2 million. This not only has a sharp impact on revenue and their ability to stay afloat, but also impacts on local employment. And there is the detrimental affect on the supply side with member fuel providers losing out to this drop in business on the retail side.
Somewhat ironically, these fuels have higher sulpher levels than fuels legally sold here so they are also more dangerous for your health’ she said.
Amongst the other initiatives recommended by HAI to Government are the following:
Read full details of the submission by clicking on the image below.