Articles


Search


Year

2024

2023

2022

2021

2020

2019


Categories

Alcohol-Beverages

Authentication

Blockchain

Cannabis

Case Studies

Country Profiles

Editorials

EU TPD

Events

FCTC

Free

Fuel Marking

Illicit Trade

Interviews

ITSA

New Programmes

Organisations

Regulation

Reports

Serialisation

Smartphones

Sponsored

Standards

Strategies

Tax

Technology

Tenders

Tobacco

Track and Trace

State of Illicit Tobacco in South Africa – Still Disastrous

During his 2024 national budget speech, in February, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana said the South African Revenue Service (SARS) was deploying closed-circuit television (CCTV) and related technologies on the premises of licensed tobacco manufacturers, to address the high levels of illicit tobacco.

Illicit Trade - April 3, 2024 midnight

Why Do Some Tax Stamp Programmes Fail?

While many tax stamp programmes in operation today are delivering significant benefits (including increased tax collections), other programmes are not so successful. Why is this?

Case Studies - April 3, 2024 midnight

Pakistan’s Tax Authority – A White Elephant

Pakistan’s economy is currently going through a crucial period, like many other economies in the world. Along with unprecedented floods and political turmoil, the economy is beset by skyrocketing interest rates and inflation, as well as a decline in imports.

Country Profiles - April 3, 2024 midnight

Crane NXT to Acquire OpSec Security

Crane NXT, a leading industrial technology company, has signed a definitive agreement with Investcorp Technology Partners to acquire OpSec Security for $270 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments.

Organisations - April 3, 2024 midnight

Plastic Tax Stamps on Liquor No Good for Environment

The state of Uttarakhand in India has invited bids for full polyester holographic tax stamps to replace paper-based stamps on alcohol products, amid protests that the polyester stamps contravene a country-wide government ban on single- use plastic items below 100 microns in thickness.

Alcohol-Beverages - April 3, 2024 midnight

A Comparison of Fuel Traceability Options

Some years ago, I was asked to give a speech to a Latin American country’s customs authority with respect to fuel marking. To prepare for my presentation, I spoke to several suppliers and did some research with respect to alternatives and positive results around the world.

Free - April 3, 2024 midnight

Interview with an ITSA Member – JURA

In our second 2024 interview with members of the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA), we speak to Barna Barabás, Co-Managing Director of JURA, a global brand name in security printing.

Interviews - March 20, 2024 midnight

Interview with an ITSA Member – OpSec Security

In the first of our 2024 interview series, we explore the tax stamp industry from an insider perspective, delving into its challenges, opportunities, and potential developments with International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) members.

Interviews - March 5, 2024 midnight

Key Decisions Made – And Not Made – at MOP3

The Third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (MOP3) concluded on 15 February, in Panama City, after taking ‘decisive action to combat illicit trade in tobacco products’, according to a press release from the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Illicit Trade - March 5, 2024 midnight

Spring Cleaning at Chile Tax Authority – Renovated Programme in the Works

In 2023, we analysed how Chile’s cigarette traceability system, SITRAF (Sistema de Trazabilidad Fiscal) had been performing since its inception in 2019. At that time, a study conducted by local economists found that the implementation of the system in Chile had resulted in better control of legitimate sales and increased revenues.

Free - March 5, 2024 midnight

New Study Compares Four Major Illicit Trade Hubs

In 2023, Sovereign Border Solutions (SBS) wrote a series of three articles for Tax Stamp & Traceability News™ focusing on free trade zones (FTZs) and how they have become ‘hotspots’ for the illicit economy.

Illicit Trade - February 1, 2024 12:01 a.m.