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ILLICIT TRADE

Latest news on illegal tobacco and alcohol trade

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The Government’s approach to the illicit trade in tobacco leaves the UK trailing behind countries like Brazil and Kenya. Speaking exclusively to Retail Express, Scottish National Party MP Martyn Day said he was standing up...
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A track and trace programme aimed at stamping out illicit tobacco may not be introduced in time for its May 2019 launch date – giving counterfeiters free rein of the market. The programme was built...
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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...
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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...
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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,...