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2023 – A Year in Review

Looking back over the year that was, three key developments stand out from the rest, as captured in this article.

Free - December 18, 2023 midnight

Tax Stamp Standard Review Is Underway

As previously reported in Tax Stamp & Traceability News™, the international standard for excise tax stamps, ISO 22382:2018, is now due its five- year review, in accordance with ISO procedures (the International Organization for Standards).

Free - October 27, 2023 midnight

A Review of TSTF 2023 – More Greenfields, Please!

One of the best comments coming out of the 11th Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum™ (TSTF), held from 2-4 October in Tbilisi, Georgia, was from a revenue authority attending the forum for the first time. They said that now that they’d seen first-hand what they’d been missing by not attending this event, they would be sure to attend all security printing conferences in future.

Free - October 12, 2023 midnight

Tax Stamps and Track and Trace – Making Everything More Visible

Whether you use tax stamps or you don’t use tax stamps, let’s face it, illicit trade still exists. The difference is, tax stamps and associated track and trace and production monitoring systems help make illicit trade stand out more (like a sore thumb), plus they make it easier to trace illicit trade back to its origin, and identify at what point in the supply chain legal trade may have become illegal trade.

Free - September 27, 2023 midnight

Déjà Vu in Costa Rica

A little over two years ago, Costa Rica was in the throes of allegations by TRACIT (Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade) that the best way to fight illicit tobacco trade was through a close collaboration between private sector companies (eg. tobacco producers) and the public sector.

Free - July 3, 2023 midnight