On 7 October, DFNI Frontier reported that trade bodies Duty Free World Council (DFWC) and the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) have issued a position paper on tackling illicit trade, counterfeiting, and intellectual property theft.  It is said that “with all products sold in travel retail shops being authentic and traceable”, in recent years illicit traders have begun to fraudulently label tax-evaded goods as ‘duty-free’.  By using fake labels and markings, these criminals attempt to cash-in on the trust consumers have placed in the duty- and tax-free industry for over 75 years. In addition to warning consumers of the dangers of illicit goods and how to distinguish genuine duty-free products from falsely labelled ones, the position paper makes a number of specific recommendations.




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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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