The OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade held its fifth meeting on 28-29 March in Paris, with over 80 attendees ranging from Customs and/or Revenue Authorities of OECD Member States, NGOs, academics, and private-sector firms (such as Apple and DHL). A broad range of national government agencies and international organizations – Ministries of Finance and Justice, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Europol, World Customs Organization, and EU Intellectual Property Office – were represented at the meeting. Continue reading “OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade Meets in Paris”
ITIC Program Advisor Liz Allen gave a presentation at this week’s Tax Stamp Forum in Berlin about the development of modern revenue control on alcoholic beverages.
Her presentation was based on joint research conducted by ITIC and Oxford Economics into the effectiveness of different types of tax stamps used in a number of different countries. The conclusion drawn was that modern tax stamps can be helpful in tackling illicit trade, especially if they are but one component of a comprehensive national strategy to address both the supply and demand aspects of the illegal trade. The research across several countries was well received by revenue and customs officials participating in the conference.