Archive for December, 2012

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Euromonitor study puts India in sixth spot on world contraband cigarette table

Euromonitor study puts India in sixth spot on world contraband cigarette table

| December 28, 2012

Indiahas become the sixth largest market for contraband cigarettes, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story quoting a Euromonitor study carried out on behalf of Assocham, a tobacco industry lobbyist. The licit cigarette market, which stood at 109 billion in 2006-07, dropped to about 101 billion in 2010-11. In contrast, the duty-evaded segment has grown […]

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China conference registration open

China conference registration open

| December 28, 2012

The TFWA (Tax Free World Association) says that registration is now open for a conference on China to be held at Beijing in March. ‘China’s century: The fast pace of change in China duty free & travel retail’ is due to be held at the Beijing Hotel on March 5-7. Organised jointly by the TFWA […]

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China looks to reduce tobacco farm numbers and planted area

China looks to reduce tobacco farm numbers and planted area

| December 27, 2012

More details are emerging about China’s plans – reported here on December 24 – to crack down on tobacco. The country is looking to reduce the area planted to tobacco along with the number of tobacco farms, ban tobacco smoking in all enclosed public places, and enlarge the warning signs on tobacco packs by 2015, […]

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Korea enjoys tobacco trade surplus

Korea enjoys tobacco trade surplus

| December 27, 2012

The value of South Korea’s tobacco exports increased by 370 per cent during the past 10 years while imports remained steady, resulting in a tobacco trade surplus since 2004, according to a story in The Korea Times. Ninety seven per cent of tobacco exports comprise cigarettes. In 2002, Korea’s tobacco imports amounted to more than […]

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Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

| December 27, 2012

Sales of licit tobacco products are reported to have slumped by as much as 40 per cent in Macau this year as a ‘hefty’ tax increase and anti-smoking campaigns have taken their toll, according to a Macau Daily Times story. The industry, which is expecting a further decline of 10 per cent during 2013, is […]

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Police and customs seize opportunity to learn about tobacco production

Police and customs seize opportunity to learn about tobacco production

| December 27, 2012

Police and customs officials have visited Imperial Tobacco’s fine-cut tobacco factory in Ireland at the invitation of Imperial and as part of ongoing efforts to tackle the illicit trade in tobacco products. ‘To aid them in their investigations, a group of 10 enforcement officers toured the Mullingar plant to see how legitimate tobacco products are […]

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