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DFNI Frontier – ‘“Trusted, transparent, secure”: DFWC and TFWA join forces to fight illicit trade’

Media coverage of our campaign- Duty Free: Trusted, Transparent, Secure

Policy & regulatory perspectives Reports

International Chamber of Commerce – Free Trade Zones

In it's 2020 update to its report "Controlling the Zone: Balancing Facilitation and Control to Combat Illicit Trade in Free Trade Zones", the International Chamber of Commerce notes the unintended role free trade zones (FTZs) have had in contributing to counterfeiting and piracy The updated report notes increasing work by governments and authorities to strengthen enforcement, but notes there is still more to be done. It is important to know that duty- and tax-free sales are not free zone sales. Duty free sales take place in a highly regulated retail environment e.g. airports, ports, ferries, cruise ships and land border shops, and their operations are governed by national customs authorities. Our supply chain is one of the most secure in the world with processes and technologies in place to provide for verification of registration, compliance, certification, review and audit.

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Duty free shops sell the world’s favourite and best known brands – from high luxury to everyday treats

Duty free and travel retail (often referred to collectively as DFTR) are unique retailing channels, not least because they operate exclusively in an international trading environment.

Policy & regulatory perspectives

OECD view on Free Zones – “Enhancing Transparency in Free Trade Zones”

Recent work by the OECD has shown that Free Trade Zones can offer advantages to businesses through lighter regulations, but also generate opportunities for illicit trade. Read more about the OECD's “Recommendation of the Council on Countering Illicit Trade: Enhancing Transparency in Free Trade Zones" here. It is important to know that duty- and tax-free sales are not free zone sales. Duty free sales take place in a highly regulated retail environment e.g. airports, ports, ferries, cruise ships and land border shops, and their operations are governed by national customs authorities. Our supply chain is one of the most secure in the world with processes and technologies in place to provide for verification of registration, compliance, certification, review and audit.

Policy & regulatory perspectives Reports

Why Illicit Trade is bad for everyone

Illicit trade is broadly defined as any exchange of goods or services that a national or international law maker deems to be illegal. The term encompasses counterfeiting, piracy and intellectual property theft, and plagues industries across the world. 

Industry perspective Reports

ACI airport report: – economic impacts of non-aeronautical activities

Statistics released by Airports Council International (ACI World), culled from data from airports in all parts of the world in 2016, offer an intriguing insight into the relative values of different segments of non-aeronautical revenue generation.

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