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ILLICIT TRADE

Latest news on illegal tobacco and alcohol trade

sin tax

Sin tax measures on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Government more than £31bn in just five years, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has found. The analysis of HMRC figures found that the illicit trade in alcohol...
illicit tobacco black market

In a conversation with a great retailer recently, he told me that he was struggling to get any assistance with his tobacco category. The retailer may be enthusiastic, have a great range of products and...
second hand gantries

Sly retailers are using second-hand cigarette gantries to disguise their illicit products and continue trading unscathed. Retailers are able to buy used gantries online without having to submit a background check, leaving manufacturers with...
illicit trade

Philip Morris has expelled 43 retailers from its trade programmes and rep visits after the stores were found to be selling illegal tobacco. The 43 illicit traders were removed between December 2015 and September 2016, with...

With legislation for key categories increasing year by year, it’s more important than ever that stores adhere to best practice for responsible retailing. Training firm Underage Sales is on the case, according to boss...
illicit tobacco

With two new reports laying bare the scale of illicit tobacco sales, the NFRN is reigniting calls for more to be done to tackle this growing scourge. According to a tobacco gap estimate by HMRC,...
licensing failures

At Retail Express, we speak to an endless number of independent retailers who are shining examples of how to run a great convenience store. Whether they operate in a 450sq ft store or in a...
Tobacco Retailers' Alliance

Tackling illicit trade and securing more protection for retailers against crime were two key focus areas for the Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance as it launched its 2017 manifesto. Independent retailers were in Parliament last month to...