Tax stamps are becoming more widely used by governments. In 2013 approximately 81 countries worldwide use tax stamps. According to research done by the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiate, an anti-illicit trade strategy that incorporates tax stamps, track and trace, licensing and enforcement is the most effective way to manage the so-called ‘sin’ taxed products.
In the SADC region of Africa, it is estimated that the loss in tax revenue due to illicit cigarette trade includes:
In the other countries visited, the estimates below of the size of illicit trade were provided by industry:
Tax stamps are becoming more widely used by governments. In 2013 approximately 81 countries worldwide use tax stamps. Governments need to control the illicit trade in alcohol due to the danger that counterfeit alcohol poses to the health of the public. In addition, the tax revenue lost due to the illicit trade in alcohol is massive. There has been some limited and incomplete academic and private sector research for the tax revenue lost due to the illicit trade of alcohol in Southern Africa. We found few estimates available:
Information relating to the illicit trade in alcohol and cigarettes copied from SADC Review – Study into the illicit trade in excisable product with particular reference to alcohol and tobacco products.
The Pelta™ solution can be added to most 2D codes and used as the basis of an authentication solution or as part of a complex track and trace solution.
Combine Pelta™ with other anti-counterfeiting solutions to provide the highest level of anti-fraud protection.
The Pelta™ server using geo-tracking technology can detect and flag for investigation when product diversion happens. The Pelta™ server makes use of geo-tracking technology which is included in the Track and Trace solution.
Smartphones can be used to validate alcohol in order to verify whether the goods were imported legitimately.
PeltaTM codes can be created by any standard coding or printing equipment at 300 dpi or higher. For unique or serialized barcodes, variable printing support is required.