Selling cigarettes without digital tax stamps in the UAE prohibited
The Digital Tax Stamps (DTS) is a newly introduced control scheme requiring tobacco manufacturers and stakeholders to comply with enhanced standards for the importation and trading of tobacco in the UAE from August 1
The DTS scheme will require manufacturers to apply specific high security control markers (stamps) and codes to all packs. The FTA approved two types of digital tax stamps one with red, which is meant to be placed on the packaging of tobacco products (including cigarettes) sold at all local markets, as well as at duty-free in arrival lounges. The second type, green, has been earmarked for tobacco products sold at duty-free in departure lounges.
The scheme seeks to electronically track cigarettes packs from the production facility and until they reach the end-consumer, in order to protect consumers from low-quality products, combat tax evasion, and ensure that the excise tax due on these products has been settled.
The authority has urged all cigarette dealers and producers in the UAE to comply with the measures in order to avoid the penalties. It also called on consumers to check for digital tax stamps on the packaging of cigarettes they buy and inform competent authorities of any violations.
For more info: https://www.tax.gov.ae/dts