Written answers

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Excise Duties Issues

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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56. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his Department will assist a company (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47532/13]

Photo of Eamon GilmoreEamon Gilmore (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Dún Laoghaire, Labour)
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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.

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