Illicit trade is a major and growing problem worldwide. What does it take to really tackle it?
Securing today’s complex, global supply chains requires an international response underpinned by proven, cost-effective technology solutions that work across national borders.
Effectively tackling illicit trade means providing customs, border and tax authorities with the means to inspect and interrogate products anytime, anywhere.
A combination of product tracking and tracing, authentication and digital volume verification technologies can help secure supply chains.
We advocate for the use of open technical standards and digital solutions designed to secure supply chains for excisable fast moving consumer goods, such as tobacco.
We aim to provide all stakeholders – from finance ministries and customs to the trade and consumers – with the tools, information and capacity needed to really tackle illicit trade.
Only a combination of measures, including greater international cooperation, enforcement of existing laws and supply chain security technologies based on internationally recognised technical standards, can really tackle illicit trade.