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Illicit Trade Thrives During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives, health and financial well-being of many across the globe. Unfortunately, though, it did not disrupt illicit trade, which is not only alive and well but actually thriving as the pandemic rages on. Countless government and news reports show that the pandemic has created ideal conditions for illicit trade to grow and present an ever-increasing threat.

Illicit Trade - October 30, 2020 12:05 a.m.

New Tender for Nepal Tax Stamps

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) of Nepal has issued a fresh global tender for excise tax stamps for tobacco, spirits, wine, beer and cider, reports The Kathmandu Post. A tender notice was issued on 14 October and all participants have until 29 November to submit their bids.

Tenders - October 30, 2020 midnight

Guam Tax Agency Opposes Hiring Private Company to Enforce Tobacco Taxes

The Department of Revenue and Taxation (DRT) of the US island territory of Guam in the Western Pacific, is opposing proposed legislation that would require it to hire a private company for the enforcement of tobacco taxes, as well as for the administration of a cigarette tax stamp programme that was supposed to be implemented in October 2018, but which is yet to see the light of day.

Country Profiles - October 30, 2020 midnight

Company News

Ashton Potter, a leading provider of high security printing and forensic traceability technology for the private and public sector, and BostonCIO, a professional services information technology consulting firm, have announced a partnership to integrate their ProLinc® and BostonCOMPLY Practical Compliance Automation™ SaaS solutions.

Organisations - October 21, 2020 midnight

The Threat from Technology Insurgents

Two recent articles in this publication specifically caught my eye and set in progress the compilation of this article. The first, ITSA Hits Back Over Tax Stamp Criticism, appeared in the June 2020 edition followed by Blockchain and Excise Supply Chains: Hype, Conjecture and Reality, in July.

Technology - October 14, 2020 8 a.m.

Liberia Introduces Tax Stamps for First Time

The West African country of Liberia will this year be introducing tax stamps for the first time. In the second quarter of 2020, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) awarded a contract to Madras Security Printers for tax stamps on tobacco products, spirits, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

New Programmes - September 30, 2020 8 a.m.

Cloud-Based Solutions Offer Greater Efficiency and Performance for Tax Administration

When it comes to the effective storage and management of data, it should be recognised that security, flexibility, and efficiency are key. Increasingly, governments, businesses, and organisations around the world are exploring cloud-based computing options as a complement – or alternative – to more traditional, on-premises hardware and software solutions. For tax administrators, the ongoing shift presents both opportunities and unique challenges.

Technology - September 30, 2020 8 a.m.

Writing an RFP For Tax Stamps and Traceability Systems

Writing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new public sector tax stamp programme, or even to update an existing programme, can be a daunting prospect. Where does one start? What has to go into this RFP? How comprehensive does it need to be, and how does one avoid any hint of corruption in the process?

Free - September 30, 2020 8 a.m.

Cannabis News In Brief

SGS and Purity-IQ Launch New Service to Authenticate Cannabis Products, Kezzler and Trace Announce Blockchain Partnership, Molecular Tags that are Sprayed onto Cannabis Flowers, Oklahoma Announces New Track and Trace Contract with Metrc.

Cannabis - September 30, 2020 8 a.m.

Perspectives on the WCO 2020 Illicit Trade Report: Tobacco

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has released the annual update of its Illicit Trade Report (ITR). Reports were submitted by 86 countries – up significantly from 54 countries in 2018, making it more representative than previous iterations.

Reports - September 1, 2020 1:59 a.m.

Domino Acquires Lake Image Systems

Domino Printing Sciences, a producer of coding, marking and printing technologies, has acquired Lake Image Systems, a producer of automated, inline, vision-based inspection systems.

Organisations - August 28, 2020 8 a.m.

ASPA and GS1 India Sign MoU

At the end of June, the Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA) and GS1 India joined forces to, as they describe, take the fight against counterfeiting to the next level in India, with the use of global standards.

Organisations - August 28, 2020 8 a.m.

Tax Stamps can Boost Government Finances in Post-COVID World, Says ITSA

In July, an online webinar held by the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) brought together 160 stakeholders from around the world to discuss best practices for implementing a tobacco control and revenue-raising programme, against the backdrop of the WHO FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

ITSA - August 28, 2020 8 a.m.

New Marking Systems for Togo and DR Congo

While South Africa battles with booming illicit tobacco and alcohol trade that, according to its revenue service, ‘may or may not require track and trace’, other countries in Africa are moving swiftly ahead with the introduction of secure marking and track and trace systems before the end of this year.

Country Profiles - August 28, 2020 8 a.m.

New Tax Stamp Report Launching in September

Next month, Reconnaissance International will launch the much-awaited third edition of Tax Stamps & Traceability: A Market Analysis and Technical Update – which, since the launch of the first edition back in 2007, has remained the only authoritative report of its kind.

Reports - August 28, 2020 8 a.m.

Perum Peruri Responds to TSTN Article re Nepal Tender

In the July issue of Tax Stamp & Traceability News™ (TSTN), we referred to a news article in The Kathmandu Post, claiming that Perum Peruri, which had been selected in March to supply tobacco and alcohol tax stamps to Nepal’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD), had failed to show up for the signing of the contract for the stamps, and that the IRD had subsequently initiated legal action against the company.

Organisations - August 28, 2020 8 a.m.

TSTN is Going Online

Reconnaissance International, publisher of Tax Stamp & Traceability News™ (TSTN), is pleased to announce that with effect from September 2020, TSTN will be moving to a new online platform, incorporating a regular newsfeed service alongside the monthly newsletter.

TSTN - August 28, 2020 8 a.m.

Illicit Trade in Southeast Asia – Thailand Banking Big on Digital Technologies

In the February issue of Tax Stamp & Traceability News™, we launched a series of articles by Chander S Jeena, on the illicit tobacco trade in Southeast Asia and how it is being dealt with. This month we continue the series with an update on the situation in Thailand, although this time we are expanding our focus to include products other than tobacco.

Country Profiles - July 30, 2020 8 a.m.

Blockchain and Excise Supply Chains: Hype, Conjecture and Reality

Blockchain has generated nothing short of hysteria in the technology world. Blockchain made its big public debut in tandem with a new form of currency, the volatile but very real bitcoin, the world's first crypto-currency that many thought would be the end to traditional money.

Blockchain - July 30, 2020 8 a.m.

Recent Developments in Document Biometrics for Tax Stamps

The term ‘biometrics’ is commonly used to describe technologies that employ human features that are unique to individuals – such as fingerprints or retinal eye patterns – as a way to identify those individuals. But the term is also employed, within the authentication industry, to describe technologies which use the intrinsic microscopic or molecular properties unique to items such as tax stamps to identify and thereby authenticate those items. Hence the term ‘document biometrics’, or ‘fingerprinting’.

Technology - July 30, 2020 8 a.m.

When Will the Cannabis Revolution Happen?

2020 was supposed to be the year cannabis went mainstream in the United States. As the New Year rang in, cannabis was already legalised for medical use in 33 states and even legalised for adult recreational use in 11 states.

Cannabis - July 30, 2020 8 a.m.

Nepal Tax Stamp Provider Fails to Sign Contract

The Indonesian company Perum Peruri, which was selected in March to supply tobacco and alcohol tax stamps to Nepal’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD), has failed to show up for the signing of the contract for the stamps, reports The Kathmandu Post. This situation is made all the more strange considering Perum Peruri’s longstanding relationship with the department.

Organisations - July 30, 2020 8 a.m.

How Coronavirus Will Likely Impact the Tax Stamp Industry… Continued

In the April edition of Tax Stamp & Traceability News™ (TSTN) we looked at the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic vis-à-vis the tax stamp industry with a view to anticipating what the implications might be for the industry. This article provides an update of sorts, exploring the same themes in terms of additional data points that may help us to better understand how the industry may be impacted.

Strategies - June 29, 2020 8 a.m.

SICPA Wins Contract for Alcohol Excise Solution in Oregon

SICPA has been awarded a new 10-year contract to implement its SICPA Excise Tax System (SETS), which will provide a secure, online platform for the payment, collection, and tracking of Oregon’s alcohol privilege taxes (also known as excise taxes).

Alcohol-Beverages - June 29, 2020 8 a.m.

OpSec’s Equinox: Technology Review

In the year following the US state of Michigan’s introduction of a new tobacco excise tax stamp in 2014, tax revenues increased by $15.7 million – when they had in fact been predicted to decline – and exceeded the forecast for the year by nearly $30 million. Furthermore, it took only one year to recoup the costs of introducing this new stamp. Similarly, in Mozambique, alcohol and tobacco excise tax revenues increased by 85% in the first year after the introduction of a new stamp in 2017.

Technology - June 29, 2020 8 a.m.

Fuel Marking Scheme Boosts Mozambique’s Tax Revenue

In a few months’ time, the current contract for the fuel marking scheme in Mozambique will reach expiry, but it seems likely that the country will choose to continue the scheme, given the positive impact it has had on tax revenues, reports the pan-African news platform The African Exponent.

Fuel Marking - June 29, 2020 8 a.m.

Beer Stamp Pilot Launched in Russia

In April, the Moscow Printing Factory of Goznak announced that it had started a pilot project, together with Russia’s Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation, for the application of what it called ‘special’ stamps to beer and low-alcohol beverages.

Alcohol-Beverages - June 29, 2020 8 a.m.

The Illicit Tobacco Trade in Southeast Asia – Vietnam

In the February issue of Tax Stamp & Traceability News™, we launched a series of articles by Chander S Jeena on the illicit tobacco trade in Southeast Asia and how it is being dealt with. This month we continue the series with an update on Vietnam.

Country Profiles - June 29, 2020 8 a.m.

ITSA Hits Back Over Tax Stamp Criticism

The International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) has responded to criticism of paper-based tax stamps in a new report on the use of blockchain technology for collecting excise duties.

Blockchain - June 29, 2020 8 a.m.