Category: Illicit trade

Latvia sucks in illicits

Latvia sucks in illicits

| October 4, 2017

According to one report, a quarter of Latvia’s cigarette market is accounted for by contraband cigarettes, most of which arrive from Belarus and Russia.

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Funding applications sought

Funding applications sought

| October 2, 2017

The second funding round of Philip Morris International’s IMPACT initiative is focused on converging forms of illegal trade and related crimes.

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Well-off using illegal trade

Well-off using illegal trade

| September 28, 2017

In the UK, cigarette taxes are now so high – so unfair – that few smokers, it seems, feel any obligation about reporting illicit products or illegal trading in them.

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Pack size matters

Pack size matters

| September 27, 2017

The authorities in Malaysia have been accused of fiddling while increasing numbers of illicit cigarettes burn in the hands of smokers.

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Marijuana poses a challenge

Marijuana poses a challenge

| September 26, 2017

There are inconsistencies in the way that regulators in Canada approach tobacco and marijuana, according to the CEO of the country’s biggest tobacco manufacturer.

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Tracking compromised

Tracking compromised

| September 22, 2017

The implementation of a tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system implies a lack of trust in the supply chain. So who will be tracking the trackers?

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Growers left indebted

Growers left indebted

| September 21, 2017

Poor weather, poor yields and poor purchase prices are pointing tobacco producers in Bosnia-Herzegovina towards the illegal trade.

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Illegal trade targeted

Illegal trade targeted

| September 21, 2017

Tax should be one of the factors considered when a newly-formed committee in Brazil sits down to figure out how to combat the illegal trade in cigarettes.

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Tracking tobacco costly

Tracking tobacco costly

| September 20, 2017

UK retailers are concerned that an EU tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system could prove burdensome.

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IMPACT funding announced

IMPACT funding announced

| September 8, 2017

Thirty-two projects have been awarded a total of about US$28 million as part of a Philip Morris International initiative to help in the fight against illegal trade and related crimes.

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BAT in Papua agreement

BAT in Papua agreement

| September 8, 2017

British American Tobacco is to share with government agencies in Papua New Guinea intelligence on illegal trade.

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Small-pack claims denied

Small-pack claims denied

| August 23, 2017

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has moved quickly to deny rumors that the country is about to see the return of cigarettes packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes.

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No distribution ambitions

No distribution ambitions

| August 18, 2017

The EU Commission is working on tobacco-product traceability and security systems, and has no plans to get into the distribution business.

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EU eyes extending excise

EU eyes extending excise

| August 17, 2017

Is it rational to consider applying excise duty to unmanufactured tobacco in an attempt to reduce the illegal trade in tobacco, whose primary cause seems to be tax-driven, high-prices?

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Barred from selling tobacco

Barred from selling tobacco

| August 16, 2017

In taking away tobacco retail licenses from those outlets found selling cigarettes to minors, Singapore’s laws punish both retailers and customers who are adult smokers.

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Tracking the rationale

Tracking the rationale

| August 15, 2017

Will a tobacco tracking and tracing system introduce ‘a mechanism of very little … public health and budgetary benefit which runs counter to all business rationale’?

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Running out of steam

Running out of steam

| August 15, 2017

Australia’s hostility to electronic cigarettes could be one reason why the country’s punitive smoking-prevention policies are running out of steam.

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Customs officers charged

Customs officers charged

| August 10, 2017

The arrest in Australia of a Customs officer and a former Customs employee have raised questions about how the influence of a family was allowed to permeate Customs for many years.

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Leaf self-sufficiency sought

Leaf self-sufficiency sought

| August 9, 2017

Iran is expected this year to manufacture more than 90 percent of its cigarettes locally, and it has plans to become self-sufficient in leaf tobacco production.

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Criminals given “leg-up”

Criminals given “leg-up”

| August 9, 2017

One Australian backbencher believes that as well as turbocharging the illegal trade in cigarettes, regular increases in tobacco taxes could be pushing young people toward ‘other drugs’.

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