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VDS Gains Wider Acceptance on Documents and Objects

The visible digital seal technology, originally adopted by countries for travel document verification, is now gaining wider international acceptance as an affordable and efficient solution outside of the travel domain – including on tax stamps.

Authentication - October 15, 2021 midnight

UNICRI Report on Anti-Illicit Trade Technologies

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) has released its ‘Technology and Security: Countering Criminal Infiltrations in the Legitimate Supply Chain’ report.

Reports - October 2, 2021 midnight

Cannabis In The News

Nasdaq-listed VerifyMe, which uses physical, digital and online technology to create customised authentication, track and trace and customer engagement solutions, recently announced an initial order for 4 million VerifyMe technology-enabled labels from a new cannabis-related client.

Cannabis - October 1, 2021 midnight

Technology, Without Enforcement, is Not Enough

Lately, we’ve been hearing of a growing number of companies that are offering, or expanding on, their market surveillance and product intelligence services as a way of helping enforcement officials and brand owners to quickly identify illicit trade activity in particular markets, and to act upon these activities before it is too late.

Technology - October 1, 2021 midnight

De La Rue Announces Upgrade to Malta Site

De La Rue recently announced a major investment to expand its existing facilities in Malta, in order to create a 29,000m2 manufacturing site. The expansion will double De La Rue Authentication’s manufacturing capacity for tax stamps and brand protection labels.

Authentication - October 1, 2021 midnight

Tanzania’s Tax Stamp Success

The Tanzanian Parliamentary Budget Committee has commended the performance of the country’s tax stamp programme and has called for it to be extended to more products.

Country Profiles - October 1, 2021 midnight

Another Traceability System for Russia… But No Product Marking Required

In July, Russia’s new National Product Traceability System (NPTS) transitioned from being experimental and voluntary, to a mandatory scheme for businesses dealing in certain types of products. The new scheme was implemented alongside the already existing Chestny ZNAK (‘honest mark’) product traceability system, introduced in 2019.

Track and Trace - September 23, 2021 midnight

SEATCA Urges Southeast Asian Nations to Improve Tobacco Tax Policy

Four countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam – could have collected an additional $4.81 billion in tax revenue over the last two years and prevented more than 1.3 million premature deaths, if they had had an effective tobacco tax policy in place, claims a recent study released by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Tax - September 16, 2021 midnight

Uttar Pradesh’s Ongoing Fight with Illicit Liquor: Two Years of Using Plain Barcode Label

In June, in an unfortunate hooch tragedy (hooch is another word for moonshine – or illicit liquor), more than 100 people lost their lives in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Following the incident, a police raid raised concerns that the state excise policy was inadequate and needed reviewing, especially in relation to the use of tax stamps as an important anti-counterfeiting tool.

Alcohol-Beverages - September 9, 2021 midnight

Pan-Latin American Analysis: Part II

In last month’s Tax Stamp & Traceability News™, we published the first of a two-part review of tax stamps and traceability programmes in Latin America. This month, we give a brief update on Central American countries, together with more in-depth coverage of Costa Rica and Ecuador, where there have been several key developments.

Country Profiles - August 27, 2021 midnight

Malta – Steady Does It

Malta is showing the world how to address the complex problem of illicit tobacco – ie. by adopting a steady and consistent approach.

Country Profiles - August 27, 2021 midnight

Pakistan Gets Green Light to Implement Track & Trace

The Sindh High Court in Pakistan has reversed a stay order imposed earlier this year on a licence agreement issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for a track and trace system on local and imported tobacco, cement, sugar and fertiliser.

Track and Trace - August 26, 2021 midnight

Illicit Tobacco Trade ‘Down Under’ Goes Local

In this article, we examine the illicit tobacco trade in Australia and how it is continuing to evolve. We look at what continues to drive smokers to seek illicit tobacco, but also what criminal networks did when looking to source and traffic illicit tobacco products into Australia during the pandemic.

Country Profiles - August 19, 2021 midnight

Bahrain and Qatar to Start Using Tax Stamps for First Time

Bahrain’s National Bureau for Revenue (NBR) and the General Tax Authority (GTA) of Qatar have recently announced the signature of new contracts with De La Rue for the provision of national digital tax stamp and traceability programmes on a number of excise goods.

Country Profiles - August 12, 2021 midnight

Does It Make Sense to Levy Excise Tax on Telecom Services?

The recent news that Nigeria is considering the introduction of excise tax on telecommunication airtime charges, in a bid to raise additional revenues, has prompted stakeholders to question whether excise taxes are actually appropriate for this sector.

Free - July 28, 2021 midnight

ZEISER Acquires Track and Trace Technology

The German company ZEISER, which provides impact and non-impact serialisation solutions and services to the security printing industry, has acquired the track and trace software solutions of Inspectron, a global technology provider of document inspection and track and trace systems for security printers.

Track and Trace - July 28, 2021 midnight