MONTREAL, May 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The world's four largest
international tobacco companies have forged a joint venture to fight
the illegal trafficking of excisable consumer goods.
British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Group, Japan Tobacco
International and Philip Morris International today launch the Digital
Coding & Tracking Association (DCTA), set up to promote international
standards and digital technologies to help governments fight smuggling,
counterfeiting and tax evasion.
The DCTA draws upon the industry's collective expertise in securing
international supply chains and developing sophisticated technologies
to help distinguish genuine product from counterfeit.
Eliminating the illicit trade in cigarettes and alcohol requires
international cooperation and smarter tools to help customs, border and
tax officials tackle the criminals who carry it out. The DCTA offers a
proven, secure and cost-effective solution, based on Codentify® technology, for this purpose.
Codentify® makes the leap into the digital age, offering quick and easy access
through a mobile phone to all the information governments need to
protect tax revenues, verify the legitimacy of shipments and meet
international regulatory requirements, including the World Health
Organisation's protocol to eliminate the illicit trade in tobacco.
Pat Heneghan, spokesperson for the DCTA, said, "Today's legal supply
chains are global, complex and involve many parties. When combined with
the sophistication of the criminals and terrorists who traffic illicit
goods, it means national governments must use the latest advances in
technology to secure supply chains if they are to make any real
progress in addressing this dangerous and growing problem.
"The world's four largest international tobacco manufacturers have come
together to launch the Digital Coding & Tracking Association in order
to offer governments a twenty first century solution to the
international problem of illicit trade.
Heneghan concluded: "With governments looking at ways to secure tax
revenues in these austere times and crack-down on the criminals that
prosper from the black market, we are certain that the DCTA can provide
the technologies and expertise needed to make a real impact."
The Digital Coding & Tracking Association (DCTA) promotes technical
standards and digital solutions designed to secure supply chains for
excisable fast moving consumer goods, such as tobacco and alcohol. 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.
According to independent research, it is estimated that around 12% of
the global cigarette market is illicit, equivalent to some 660 billion
cigarettes each year1, costing national governments more than US$40 billion a year in lost
tax revenues2. The illicit alcohol trade is also substantial, with the World Health
Organisation estimating that around 30% of all alcohol consumed
globally is illegally produced, or 'unrecorded'3.
1 Framework Convention Alliance (2008) and International Union Against
Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (2009).
2 Framework Convention Alliance How eliminating the illicit cigarette trade would increase tax revenue
and save lives, INB3 Fact Sheet
3 World Health Organisation, www.who.int/gho/alcohol
SOURCE: Digital Coding & Tracking Association (DCTA)
For further information:
DCTA Representative: Mark Hill
Tel: +44 7967 467030
DCTA Representative: Nathan Jones
Tel: +44 7720 940824