Fuel Laundering and Smuggling in Northern Ireland

Third Report of Session 2010-12
Ordered by the House of Commons

Fuel fraud costs the UK taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds in lost revenue every year. Northern Ireland alone is estimated to have lost £70 million in 2009-10. Only five years ago this figure was as high as £250 million, and while we welcome the downward trend, 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%. Click here for the full report.