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August 2020

Update on South Africa: Bans and Booming Illicit Trade, Exploiting Systemic Weaknesses

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, South Africa introduced two highly contentious prohibitions, banning the sale of both alcohol and tobacco products. The impact has seen both a complete loss of all duties and taxes from these commodities, and a booming illicit trade.

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July 2020

When Will the Cannabis Revolution Happen?

As most of us were still figuring out our New Year’s resolutions, cannabis was already on the agenda for 17 additional states to be legalised further. Legislators in eight states had declared their intent to join the crowd, while voters in nine additional states had placed cannabis legalisation on their autumn ballots. With 2020 being a presidential election year with predicted high voter turn-out, even further ballot initiatives were expected.

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June 2020

OpSec’s Equinox: Technology Review

Equinox was adopted by OpSec as the name of its reflective security feature in 2014. It had previously been called the Ink Security Imaging System, ISIS for short, but this began to have negative connotations as events unfolded in Iraq and Syria.

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May 2020

Data on Illicit Trends – A New Paradigm Needed

The global pandemic COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the world as we know it and has already had an impact on virtually all aspects of our collective personal and professional lives.

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April 2020

How Coronavirus will Likely Impact the Tax Stamp Industry

The global pandemic COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the world as we know it and has already had an impact on virtually all aspects of our collective personal and professional lives.

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March 2020

ITSA Launches Tobacco Control System Blueprint

The International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) has published a blueprint for a global tobacco control system, with the aim of contributing to the work being carried out by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and its Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

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February 2020

Blockchain Continues to Advance

Often when people hear about blockchain, they immediately think about bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has dominated the news coverage about blockchain technology in recent years. However, something that is less prominently covered is the advance of the underlying blockchain technology across various non-financial industry sectors and use cases to provide secure track and trace.

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January 2020

The Illicit Tobacco Trade in Southeast Asia

Eliminating illicit trade (especially in ‘sin’ products) is becoming an essential element for countries to achieve socio-economic progress. South Asian and ASEAN countries, collectively with China, play an essential role in this, given that they are the world’s largest tobacco consumers and producers.

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