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Guidance offered on track and trace tobacco regulations

The Association of Convenience Stores and Bestway Wholesale are both offering guidance to retailers on the new tobacco track and trace regulations which will come into operation on May 20.

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Three tobacco gantries removed after prosecutions

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has removed its tobacco gantries from three retailers prosecuted for sales of illegal tobacco. This brings the total number of gantries removed by JTI to 38.

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HMRC finally reveals details of new tobacco regulations

HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that small retailers will be able to start applying for tobacco track and trace codes from 30 April, just three weeks before the introduction of the regulations on May 20.

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ACS warns over track and trace tobacco rules implementation

HMRC has still failed to explain how retailers can comply with new tobacco ‘track and trace’ regulations even though they are due to come into effect in less than three months.

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Police warn petrol station staff about hoax phone calls

West Mercia Police has issued a warning to petrol station staff to be on their guard following a number of identical hoax calls that have been received at petrol stations in Tolladine Road Worcester, and Worcester Road, Great Witley, recently, claiming to be from the regional area manager.

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ACS calls for clarity on new tobacco regulations

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has reiterated its calls to Government to publish details of how retailers can apply for the codes that they will need to comply with the upcoming tobacco track and trace regulations, after HMRC launched a further consultation on the details of the regulations.

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ACS backs call for harsher sanctions on illegal tobacco trade

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has welcomed calls from the Local Government Association (LGA) to impose tougher sanctions on those caught selling illicit tobacco.

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JTI removes gantry from shop after illicit tobacco find

JTI has removed its tobacco gantry from Bunty’s in Weldbank Lane, Chorley, following the discovery of illegal tobacco at the store last year.

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Shopkeepers jailed after HMRC investigators find illegal stash

A pair of shopkeepers caught with more than 1.2 million illegal cigarettes, 300 kg of tobacco and nearly 6,000 litres of alcohol have been jailed.

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Tobacco smuggling lorry drivers sentenced to 18 months jail

Two lorry drivers, who tried to smuggle more than 1.5 million cigarettes into the UK hidden between bags of wood pellets, have been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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HMRC uncovers tobacco and cigarettes worth £5m in lost duty

An estimated ten tonnes of loose tobacco, and 411,000 cigarettes, have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the Newry area.

product news: JTI reduces RRPs for RYO tobacco

JTI has announced new, lower recommended retail prices (RRPs) for three of its most popular value RYO brands - Sterling Rolling, Holborn Yellow and Kensitas Club RYO.