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JTI and MPs Ian Paisley, Stephen Hepburn and David Morris call on Government to...

JTI is calling on the Government to introduce a tobacco register for retailers to tackle the £2.4bn lost each year to the illicit trade. The manufacturer said the register should be free to join and...
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TMA plan will help authorities fight illicit tobacco traders

Trading standards would be better resourced to fight illicit trading and efforts to introduce licensing for tobacco retailers would be scrapped under proposals put forward by the Tobacco Manufacturers Association (TMA). In the 2016/17 Delivering...
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Time to fight back: tackle illicit tobacco trade in your area

With the EU Tobacco Products Directive 2 now in full force, prompting concerns about a rise in illicit trade, Chris Dillon answers five questions to help you tackle the illegal trade in your area. How big is...
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Fake name illicit trader Arkani Muradi imprisoned for repeat offences

Arkani Muradi is serving a 26 month prison sentence following a local trading standards and HMRC raid which discovered more than a third of a million illicit cigarettes hidden in his store and a rented...
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HMRC clarifies AWRS responsibilities for retailers

The government has amended the Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS) notice to include guidance on what a retailer needs to do to not be liable for prosecution. To be covered, retailers must not only taking...
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Illicit tobacco: a picture of Britain as new laws come in

With prices rising, minimum formats in place and illicit tobacco gaining a monopoly in familiar branded packaging, the tobacco trade is experiencing unprecedented pressures. Toby Hill takes a look at the impact on three retailers The...
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Government denies plain pack illicit tobacco impact

Manufacturer claims that plain packaging laws are boosting the illicit tobacco trade have been denied by multiple government bodies. Steve Wilkins, JTI anti-illegal trade operations director told Retail Express that “counterfeiting is increasing significantly” and...
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One in eight independent retailers in London are selling illegal tobacco

One in eight London independent retailers are selling illegal tobacco products from under the counter, according to JTI. The company also found 37% of consumers in the capital have purchased illegal cigarettes, with 28% claiming they...