On 22nd March, a news release from HMRC contained updated information (adding information about transporting and delivering tobacco products from a vending van) on what you will need to do if you transport or transload tobacco products in the EU.  From 20th May, all unit packets of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco manufactured or imported in the EU (except existing stock in hand) must have unique identifiers (UID) on the packaging, have 5 specific security features on the packaging, and be scanned at certain points in the supply chain.  From May 2024, this will apply to all products containing tobacco.  Essentially, you need to scan tobacco products when you ‘transload’ them – move them from one vehicle to another.  If you transport products only and do not move them between vehicles, you do not need to scan them.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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