FWD calls for duty fraud action

A major campaign by the FWD to get action on duty fraud is targeting government ministers, MPs and senior officials.

The FWD is planning to brief ministers and officials at the Treasury and Department for Features > Business, Innovation and Skills, and is also lobbying MPs.

As a first step a delegation of senior wholesalers have met with HM Revenue Custom officials to demand action. FWD chief executive James Bielby said: “It was a very positive meeting. They were shocked by the scale of the problem and the damage it is doing to wholesalers Features > Business, and they were interested in the measures we were calling for.”

Younus Sheikh, managing director of Bestway Cash and Carry Group, who was a member of the delegation, said: “Bestway Group feels very strongly that the Government must take this whole subject much more seriously and strike it out – it is a huge problem and is getting worse by the day, with millions of pounds at stake which could be benefiting the growth of the country as a whole.

“Bestway and Batleys have seen hotpots of the crime all around the country in London, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and the North West and East. Examples of this are that Carling and Foster’s is sold at pound;2 below the cost price to Bestway.”

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