Category: Illicit trade

Illicit factory closed

Illicit factory closed

| March 19, 2018

Revenue officers in Ireland have described as sophisticated an illicit cigarette factory discovered in the country last week. It had its own living quarters.

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Illegal trade at 16 percent

Illegal trade at 16 percent

| March 16, 2018

Stories about the illegal trade in tobacco products tend to emphasize the costs of this trade, but nothing will change unless the causes of it are addressed honestly.

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Illegal activity recorded

Illegal activity recorded

| March 13, 2018

Imperial Brands is using technology to gather information on the UK’s illegal trade in tobacco products and thereby better understand both national and regional patterns.

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Tax up, revenue down

Tax up, revenue down

| March 9, 2018

In Canada, recent federal and Ontario tobacco tax increases are forecast to cause revenues to fall short of the province’s expectations by $235 million per year in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

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Illegal tobacco growing

Illegal tobacco growing

| March 7, 2018

Although it is illegal to grow tobacco in Australia now, the country has a history of tobacco production and some widely dispersed areas where it is known that this crop will grow.

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Fair go mate!

Fair go mate!

| March 2, 2018

The Australian government, which has raised cigarette prices to unaffordable levels, is threatening smokers who buy illicit products with up to five years in jail, knowing those smokers are addicted.

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Pouring gas on the fire

Pouring gas on the fire

| March 2, 2018

The logic of the Canadian authorities’ approaches to marijuana and tobacco seems to suggest that they want consumers to buy licit marijuana but illicit tobacco.

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Pilot tracking system

Pilot tracking system

| February 28, 2018

The costs of a tobacco-product tracking system in Russia will apparently not be passed onto consumers, which raises a question about who will pay for it.

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Illegal trade ‘rampant’

Illegal trade ‘rampant’

| February 28, 2018

Zimbabwe, usually in the news because of its leaf production, is currently in the news over an issue more usually associated with other countries: the illegal trade in cigarettes.

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Licit cigarettes vanish

Licit cigarettes vanish

| February 19, 2018

One interpretation of what is going on in Kuwait is that the ‘illegal’ trade in cigarettes is supplying smokers while some licit traders are withdrawing cigarettes from the market – possibly illegally.

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Illegal trade ‘prevalent’

Illegal trade ‘prevalent’

| February 16, 2018

Those with responsibility for tackling the illegal trade in tobacco will never be successful while they claim that taxes are being ‘lost’ to this trade. You cannot lose something you never had.

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Illicit factory raided

Illicit factory raided

| February 14, 2018

The Philippines’ Finance Secretary has said that following tax-induced price rises on cigarettes, the authorities were having to be on the lookout for illicit cigarettes.

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Tracking an export ban

Tracking an export ban

| February 8, 2018

A question has been raised about the possible de facto ban on the export of cigarettes from the EU to countries that won’t accept track-and-trace coding on tobacco packaging.

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Price hike due in Iran

Price hike due in Iran

| February 5, 2018

The number of cigarettes smuggled into Iran fell sharply during the first 10 months of the current financial year, but local cigarette prices are set to rise by 50 percent.

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New approach suggested

New approach suggested

| January 23, 2018

Canada’s National Non-Smoking Week has provided Imperial Tobacco with an opportunity again to urge the government to embrace the principles of harm reduction.

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Illicit cigarettes lead market

Illicit cigarettes lead market

| January 18, 2018

Malaysia says that it is losing tax revenue to the illegal trade, but you cannot lose something you never had. In truth, Malaysia is forfeiting revenue by pushing tax rates too high.

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Belarus upping production

Belarus upping production

| January 18, 2018

Belarus is apparently increasing its production of cigarettes and at least one EU member of parliament is not happy that some EU member states are the target markets for these products.

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Tracking defended

Tracking defended

| January 11, 2018

In part, the EU defends its tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system by citing obligations to a World Health Organization protocol that has received very little support.

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Better times ahead

Better times ahead

| January 4, 2018

This year should be better than last year for Malaysia’s cigarette manufacturers and, therefore, for government revenues. Only the illegal trade is expected to lose.

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Tax reduction on hold

Tax reduction on hold

| December 28, 2017

One way to reduce the illegal trade in tobacco products is to cut the taxes imposed on them, but it is a strategy open to challenge.

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