Tax Stamp Report Provides First Study Into Key Market for Authentication

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Tax Stamps: A Technical Study and Market Report will be published by Reconnaissance International in the first quarter of 2007. This will be the first published study of tax stamps (also known as banderols or tax seals), of which more are produced than any other security-printed document except banknotes.

More tax stamps are produced every year than any other security printed item except banknotes. Known by a variety of names (excise stamps, duty stamps, tax seals, banderols), these are the 'weapon of choice' for many governments around the world to secure the valuable revenue derived from customs and excise duty on tobacco and alcohol, acting both as a record of payment and a barrier to the distribution of counterfeit products.

And yet... there has never been an authoritative report on the subject - despite the opportunities that tax stamps provide for governments in collecting revenues, and for suppliers in providing these governments with the necessary tools to do so.

Reconnaissance International ( is addressing this with the publication of Tax Stamps: A Technical Study and Market Report, to be the definitive source of data and analysis on the tax stamp market worldwide for tobacco and alcohol. To be published in early 2007, this 100-page report will provide invaluable (and, to date, unavailable) insight into how governments can develop effective tax revenue collection regimes through the use of tax stamps, and how suppliers of components, products and systems can both drive forward the market for tax stamps, and benefit from the growing opportunities these provide.

The Study will provide market size figures, the history and development of tax stamps, an examination of trends and future developments. It will also include case studies and a listing of the tax stamp issuers and producers in every country that uses them. The Study will examine and analyse the factors driving the proliferation of tax stamps, the stakeholders determining their success, the different formats and methods of production, application and distribution, the key industry players and the market opportunities.

This market has provided some of the largest contracts by volume for security printers and suppliers of authentication technologies, including components such as substrates, OVDs inks and taggants and, increasingly, is providing an opportunity for suppliers of numbering and coding technologies accompanied by track & trace systems. The Report's case studies will include demonstrations of the increase in revenues that can result from the use of such authentication technologies and systems - providing essential data for any producer supplying (or hoping to supply) this market.

Thanks to the support of publication sponsors, Tax Stamps will be distributed free of charge to all government excise tax departments and tax stamp specifiers. These sponsors are Authentix, FractureCode, Sun Chemical, KBA GIORI, Luminescence and Drent Goebel.

The Tax Stamp Report will cost £675/€1006/$1282, with deep discounts for multiple copies. Authentication News subscribers benefit from a 10% discount. Please contact Reconnaissance International to order your advance copy.

About Reconnaissance International

Reconnaissance International ( offers specialised consultancy on authentication technologies and strategies, and also publishes a number of industry studies and reports, as well as the market-leading newsletters Currency News, Authentication News and Holography News. Their knowledge of, and contacts within, the different sectors that make up the tax stamp community - government issuers, security printers, integrators and authentication suppliers - is unparalleled, and they will be drawing on this access and insight, together with extensive research resources, to produce a detailed report that will supply the fact and the figures, the interpretations and the analysis of the tax stamp market, today and in the future.


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