DFWC and TFWA launch position paper: Tackling illicit trade, counterfeiting & intellectual property theft
The Duty Free World Council (DFWC), the global voice for the duty free and travel retail industry, and Tax Free World Association (TFWA), the association that brings together 520 supplier companies to the duty free and travel retail industry, have released a position paper on tackling illicit trade, counterfeiting, and intellectual property theft. It sets out five key recommendations, and calls on national governments and cross-border enforcement agencies to work with industry to put an end to the practice. Read the full position paper using the link below.
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.
OECD – Global Trade in Fakes: A Worrying Threat
A study published by the OECD, presenting an updated quantitative analysis of the value, scope and magnitude of world trade in counterfeit and pirated products. Based on data for 2019, it estimates that the volume of international trade in counterfeit and pirated products amounted to as much as USD 464 billion in that year, or 2.5% of world trade.
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.
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.
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.
Why Duty Free Trade is so secure: supply chain integrity
Duty free trade boasts a secure and transparent supply chain, which is supported by an industry fully committed to ensuring the authenticity, traceability and genuineness of its products.
DFWC and ACI World call for measures critical to airport industry recovery
ACI’s Policy Brief – Path to the airport industry recovery – Restoring a sustainable economic equilibrium draws attention to the crucial role duty free and travel retail plays in the success and growth of airports around the world, with up to 44% of airport revenues coming from non-aeronautical sources, and retail concessions contributing 30% of this figure.
Introducing Arrivals Duty & Tax Free in the European Union
This document explores the role Arrivals Duty and Tax Free can play in providing new sources of employment and commercial revenue to the European airports industry, as recommended by the Aviation Round Table Report on the Recovery of European Aviation1, a cross industry strategic blueprint for the sustainable recovery of European aviation.