Dutch seize record haul of illicit UK booze

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The Dutch customs and the tax service’s anti-fraud agency FIOD have seized 50,000 litres of illegal alcohol thought to be intended for sale in the United Kingdom. It’s the biggest haul of black-market drink ever made in the Netherlands, daily AD reports.

The tens of thousands of bottles of whisky, rum and vodka were discovered in a warehouse in The Hague at the end of March. No suspects were arrested during the raid.

The alcohol was produced in the UK, and was on its way via the Netherlands to an Eastern European country outside the European Union. This meant the drink was exempt from duty payments. But in fact it was ultimately destined to end its journey for sale back in the UK on the black market.

The high rate of tax on alcohol in the UK makes a detour via the Netherlands a lucrative route for smugglers, says AD.

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