Fighting Illicit Trade

The fight against counterfeiting and illicit trade is a task that must involve everyone, and GS1 is collaborating with authorities, member companies and relevant stakeholders so that the GS1 standards can be a valuable element of any solution to detect, deter and dismantle illegal activities. 

A document has been published, which provides suggestions to MOs on how to minimise retail supply chain impacts, while properly implementing the recent EU tobacco track and trace rules to fight illicit trade. 

This text contains MOs recommendations for a consistent implementation of the new EU regulation based on GS1 standards, taking into account: 

  • B2B trade (e.g. distributor to wholesaler or retailer, wholesaler to trading partner, retail CD to shops) where GS1-based aggregate level identification is used; 
  • B2B trade where GS1-based aggregate level identification is not available (e.g. broken cartons to refill vending machines, large “make your own” containers, damaged cartons); 
  • Barcode implementation; 
  • How to avoid disruption at point of sale of non-GS1 identifiers/barcodes on unit packs; 
  • Human readable text; 
  • Data sharing practices. 

To find out more about how GS1 standards can help combat illicit trade, click here

Related Publications

Recommendations for EU Regulation 2018/574 implementation while minimising retail supply chain disruption
EU Implementing Regulation 2018/574 establishes a track and trace and data sharing system for tobacco products, in order to fight the illicit trade. The first implementation deadline was the 20th of May 2019 for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco.