Anti-smuggling agreements: better late than never



Wednesday 22 April 2009

Commenting on the announcement that the UK government has just signed anti-smuggling agreements with the tobacco industry, Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said:

“ASH congratulates the UK Government for finally signing up to the legally binding anti-smuggling agreements with Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International.

“The EU agreements will strengthen the armoury against smuggling but the Government’s anti-smuggling strategy needs to be underpinned by tough new targets to reduce the market share of smuggled tobacco. “

 

NOTES:

Under the terms of the EU agreements tobacco companies are required to tightly control the movement of tobacco products through the supply chain to minimise the risk of their products being diverted into the black market.
For more information about the EU Agreements see:
http://www.fctc.org/~fctcorg/dmdocuments/fca-2008-inb-illicit-trade-inb1-factsheet-questions-answers-ec-industry-agreements-en.pdf