for Customs The Association of Convenience Stores has given HM Customs and Excise a vote of confidence as Brussels begins legal action over its approach to tobacco and alcohol imports. The European Commission has asked the UK for information on the actions of customs officials following allegations they are stopping legitimate imports of tobacco and alcohol for personal use. ACS chief executive Trevor Dixon said: "Customs have to be tough because they are fighting a battle against organised, hardened criminals importing into the UK's massive black market. "It is extremely difficult to define what goods are for personal consumption and which are likely to enter the black market." The ACS wants the government to address the disparity in duty rates on alcohol and tobacco between the UK and its European neighbours, which it says is the cause of bootlegging. {{NEWS }}