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May 2021

  • YPB Group Launches ‘World’s First Smartphone-Readable Tracers’
  • CCL Design Partners with iTRACE Technologies
  • ITSA Appoints New Board and Prepares New Round of Webinars
  • Wholesaler Sues Tax Agency for NOT Issuing Stamps
  • Benin’s Booming Illicit Fuel Trade Calls for New Responses
  • Illicit Tobacco Trade in Europe Goes Local
  • The Global Use of Tax Stamps – Asia and Australasia
  • Key Questions Raised at Tax Stamp Webinar
  • Upcoming Events

April 2021

  • Ontario Issues RFI for Tracking Raw Leaf Tobacco
  • Pakistan Finalises Major Track and Trace Agreement… Only to Have it Stayed in Court
  • Concerns with Tender Requirements
  • De La Rue Welcomes Over 50 Tax Authorities to Inaugural Excise Tax Protection Course
  • Product Traceability and Authentication Systems: A Technology Review
  • Latest Tax Stamp and Traceability Developments in Nepal
  • SICPA Partners with Rhizo Verified for Hemp Authentication
  • Is Excise Tax on Soft Drinks a Good Substitute for Income Tax?
  • Georgia Opens Invitation for Expression of Interest
  • Upcoming Events

March 2021

  • Uganda Extends Tax Stamps to Cement and Sugar
  • Philippines to Remove Tax Stamp Exemption on Exports
  • OCCRP Warns of Industry Involvement in West African Cigarette Smuggling
  • The Cannabis Black Market in Canada
  • Costa Rica Takes Bold Step to Protect Citizens Against Illegal Alcohol
  • Confusion Reigns Over Difference Between Authentication Labels and Tax Stamps
  • Webinar on Non- Cloneable Codes Raises Contentious Questions
  • Punjab Adopts New Measures
  • De La Rue’s Smartphone Authentication App for Holograms Leverages Power of Visual-AI

February 2021

  • UCT Tobacco Taxation E-Library a World First
  • OneAgrix Announces Partnership with INEXTO
  • Trinidad and Tobago Clamps Down on Illicit Trade
  • FII Institute Prepares to Combat Counterfeit and Illicit Trade in Africa
  • What does the Future Hold for Traceability in Europe?
  • Drivers for Smart Packaging
  • Tobacco Track and Trace in Pakistan
  • Kenya Revenue Authority Hits Targets
  • The Global Use of Tax Stamps – Middle East
  • Upcoming Events

January 2021

  • Liberia Begins Month-Long Workshop on Tax Stamp Implementation
  • Cannabis Global Integrates Metrc API into Transport System
  • Authenticating Whisky Without Touching a Drop
  • New Study Examines Evolving Challenges Posed by Counterfeit and Illicit Trade
  • A Post-COVID Vision
  • Delhi Releases High-Security Liquor Labels for Track and Trace
  • The Global Use of Tax Stamps – Africa
  • Events

December 2020

  • 2020 – A Tumultuous Year in Review
  • Pakistan Tender – Here We Go Again!
  • UK Considers Tougher Sanctions Against Illicit Tobacco as it Prepares to Leave EU
  • Tax Stamps & Traceability: A Market Analysis and Technical Update
  • Headlines of 2020
  • ITSA Webinar Draws Large Crowd of Latam Revenue Authorities

November 2020

  • The Next Frontier in Cannabis Track & Trace
  • Change of Date for Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum
  • FCTC Secretariat Concerned Tobacco Control Measures Being Pushed Aside
  • News in Brief
  • The Era of Smart Packaging
  • Illicit Trade in Southeast Asia – Cambodia
  • New Report Showcases Opportunity and Growth for Tax Stamps
  • Impact of Eliminating Illicit Trade in Cigarettes on Consumption and Tax Revenues
  • YPB Group Secures Partner to Access Thailand’s Tax Stamp Market

October 2020

  • ITSA Counters Claims that Traceability Systems are Ineffective
  • Tanzania to Launch Phase 3 of Tax Stamp Programme
  • University Reveals Lack of Transparency in Key EU Consultation
  • Guam Tax Agency Opposes Hiring Private Company
  • Europol Helps Close Down One of Holland’s Largest Illegal Cigarette Factories
  • Company News
  • STOP Campaign Focuses on South Africa’s Lack of Action
  • Illicit Trade Thrives During the Pandemic
  • New Tender for Nepal Tax Stamps

September 2020

  • Illicit Tobacco Most Reported Counterfeit Product in UK
  • Liberia Introduces Tax Stamps for First Time
  • Illicit Trade in Southeast Asia – Malaysia’s Upgraded Tax Stamp Programme
  • News In Brief
  • Cannabis News In Brief
  • The Threat from Technology Insurgents
  • Writing an RFP For Tax Stamps and Traceability Systems
  • Cloud-Based Solutions Offer Greater Efficiency and Performance for Tax Administration

August 2020

  • New Marking Systems for Togo and DR Congo
  • TSTN is Going Online
  • New Tax Stamp Report Launching in September
  • Tax Stamps can Boost Government Finances in Post-COVID World, Says ITSA
  • Perum Peruri Responds to TSTN Article re Nepal Tender
  • Update on South Africa: Bans and Booming Illicit Trade, Exploiting Systemic Weaknesses
  • ASPA and GS1 India Sign MoU
  • Perspectives on the WCO 2020 Illicit Trade Report: Tobacco

July 2020

  • Nepal Tax Stamp Provider Fails to Sign Contract
  • Philippines Fuel Marking Programme Hits 10 Billion Litres
  • Illicit Trade in Southeast Asia – Thailand Banking Big on Digital Technologies
  • Recent Developments in Document Biometrics for Tax Stamps
  • When Will the Cannabis Revolution Happen?
  • Blockchain and Excise Supply Chains: Hype, Conjecture and Reality

June 2020

  • Fuel Marking Scheme Boosts Mozambique’s Tax Revenue
  • Beer Stamp Pilot Launched in Russia
  • ITSA Hits Back Over Tax Stamp Criticism
  • SICPA Wins Contract for Alcohol Excise Solution in Oregon
  • OpSec’s Equinox: Technology Review
  • The Illicit Tobacco Trade in Southeast Asia – Vietnam
  • How Coronavirus will Likely Impact the Tax Stamp Industry…Continued
  • Newly Published Exposé: ‘Dirty Tobacco’

May 2020

  • New Alcohol Stamps for Ukraine from 1 May
  • Pakistan Court Cancels Tobacco Track and Trace System
  • SICPA Continues Talks with Turkmenistan
  • Tobacco Control Scale 2019 – Clarifying Details of Authors
  • Genuine or Fake? Roles and Responsibilities
  • Is It Justified to Increase Excise Taxes to Battle COVID-19?
  • South Africa: Illicit Trade is Booming
  • Watchdog Group Shines Light on Tobacco Industry Influence over Track and Trace
  • Data on Illicit Trends – A New Paradigm Needed

April 2020

  • How Coronavirus will Likely Impact the Tax Stamp Industry
  • EU Court of Justice Rejects ITSA’s Legal Appeal
  • Authentication Label or Tax Stamp?
  • The Illicit Tobacco Trade in Southeast Asia – Laos
  • ‘Never Seen Before’ Digital Security Features from HP Indigo and JURA
  • Tobacco Control Scale 2019
  • News In Brief

March 2020

  • Ukraine to Roll-Out New Alcohol Tax Stamp
  • Mandatory Stamps in UAE for E-Cigarettes
  • Can South Africa Afford to Be Losing $14 Million a Day to Illicit Trade?
  • The Future of Tax Stamps as Tools for ALL Government Agencies
  • The Illicit Tobacco Trade in Southeast Asia – Myanmar
  • ITSA Launches Tobacco Control System Blueprint
  • Perspectives on the Latest WCO Illicit Trade Report: Tobacco

February 2020

  • Blockchain Continues to Advance
  • Royal Joh Enschedé Wins Dutch Tax Stamp Tender
  • Beemit Develops Late-Stage Digital Print Technology that Can Even Print Through Cellophane
  • On the Record with De La Rue
  • News In Brief
  • South Africa: Some New Developments You Might Not Have Seen Coming

January 2020

  • Maine Negotiates with New Vendor for Marijuana Track and Trace
  • Tech Revolution Can Fast-Track Tax Stamp Growth in 2020
  • Are Tax Stamps Still Part of Russia’s Plans for National Track and Trace?
  • Security Document Summit Shows Considerable Growth
  • The Illicit Tobacco Trade in Southeast Asia
  • How Ramón Chozas Increased Tax Stamp Productivity by 15%
  • Perspectives on the WCO 2019 Illicit Trade Report – Alcohol Products

December 2019

  • Tanzania Records 34% Increased Revenue on Liquor
  • FDA Advances Plans for Food Traceability
  • STOP Issues Policy Brief on Protecting Track and Trace Systems from Tobacco Industry
  • FCA Issues Guidebook on Implementing Article 8 on Track and Trace
  • The Cost of Security
  • Headlines of 2019
  • Smuggling Rates Rise After Tax Increases

November 2019

  • SICPA Signs Cooperation Agreement with Kazakh Telecoms Company
  • Pakistan Tender Award Faces Multiple Legal Challenges in High Court
  • Save the Date for the 2020 Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum
  • Track and Trace Working Group for FCTC Protocol Launches in Panama
  • India Needs Comprehensive National Policy to Tackle Alcohol, Declares ASPA
  • New Tobacco Track and Trace System Bestows ‘Digital Enforcement Powers’ on Chile Revenue Authority
  • SICPA Launches its ‘Brightest Star’ for Secure Labels

October 2019

  • Uganda Launches Tax Stamps on Six Different Products… All In One Go!
  • Controversy Reigns Over Pakistan Tender Award
  • Tobacco Industry Interference Index – What It Means for Secure Track and Trace
  • Graphi Mecc’s Serialisation Equipment Offerings
  • INCM - Art to Machine Readable Coding
  • How Countries Around the World Charge Excise Taxes