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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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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.

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Economic impact of duty free and travel retail in Europe

A 2016 report commissioned by the Duty Free World Council on the impact of duty free and travel retail in Europe. The report finds that in 2016 the duty free and travel retail industry was contributing around 6.5bn EUR to the European economy, and supporting over 100,000 direct jobs.

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The Economic Impact on Jersey from Changes to the Inbound Duty Free Tobacco Allowance

A report commissioned by the UK Travel Retail Forum assessing the potential economic impact of a reduction in the inbound tobacco allowance in Jersey. The report found the loss in corresponding non-aeronautical revenue and associated tourism spend could impact the Jersey economy by millions every year.

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Initial Assessment of the Impact of Removal of the Extra Statutory Concession on Goods Supplied at Duty-Free and Tax-Free Shops

A study commissioned by the UK Travel Retail Forum to make an assessment of the consequences of the UK Government withdrawing VAT-free sales in the UK following Brexit. The initial assessment found that the removal of VAT-free sales could result in a loss of over £2million GBP in GDP, and affect thousands of jobs.

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Economic impact of duty free and travel retail in the Americas

A 2018 report by the Duty Free World Council and Tax Free World Association examining the economic impact of duty free and travel retail for the Americas. The report finds In 2016, US$12.9 billion was spent on duty free and travel retail in the Americas. with nearly US$1.9 billion in the U.S. and Canada and US$4.8 billion in Latin America and the Caribbean, most of which was generated within airport terminals.

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Economic Impact of Duty Free and Travel Retail in Asia Pacific

A 201 report by the Duty Free World Council and Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association on the economic impact of duty free and travel retail in the Asia Pacific region. The report found that in 2017 an estimated US$36.2 billion was spent on duty free and travel retail in the Asia Pacific region. Airports and airlines accounted for nearly US$21.2 billion in duty free and travel retail sales, and duty free and travel retail spending in APAC accounted for an estimated 140,900 direct jobs and US$7.5 billion in direct GDP.

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Economic consequences in Denmark of abolishing duty free sales in intra-EU travel

A 1996 report examining the potential consequences of the abolition of duty free sales in Europe for intra-EU travellers.

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Study: The economic consequences of duty free abolition – a case study for the Netherlands

A 1998 study examining the potential impact of the abolition of duty free in the EU on the Netherlands.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.