Thursday, 7 November 2013
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Excise Duties Issues
I am aware of the situation facing the company to which the Deputy refers. I share the Deputy’s concerns and fully understand the frustration of the company at the long delay in reimbursing excise duty due to them for the years in question. I am particularly concerned by the risk which this delay poses to the viability of the company, and the livelihoods of all involved.At my request, the Irish Ambassador to Belgium met recently with senior officials of the Belgian Customs Service to directly express our concern about the situation and to highlight the serious impact of this on the company’s operations. The officials advised our Ambassador that Customs will be in contact with the company shortly concerning these claims. The Embassy in Brussels will remain seized of the issue and I will contact the Deputy as soon as there is further information to report.