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New EU Customs System To Boost Tobacco Tax Take

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

18 December 2017


The European Union is to roll out a new track and trace system to counter tobacco tax evasion.

The system will ensure that tobacco products are easily traceable, with a unique identifier for each product. In addition, the changes will ensure that tobacco products meet specific security requirements, with at least five types of authentication elements required per packet.

The track and trace system and the security requirements should be in place by May 20, 2019, for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco and by May 20, 2024, for all other tobacco products (such as cigars, cigarillos, and smokeless tobacco products).

The Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) provides for the establishment of the EU-wide track and trace system. Legal acts adopted on December 15, 2017, further lay out the measures that must be taken by EU member states and economic operators to establish and operate the system, ensuring that all packets of tobacco produced in, destined for, or placed on the EU market are marked with a unique identifier.

TAGS: tax | value added tax (VAT) | tax avoidance | law | excise duty | enforcement | European Union (EU) | Europe

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