First Ever Report on Tax Stamp and Banderol Market Published

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Reconnaissance International has published the first ever detailed study on tax stamps and banderols around the world. Tax stamps - which function as both a record of payments and a barrier to counterfeiting - are being used by nearly 80 revenue authorities to authenticate and track tobacco and alcohol products, and to secure the valuable revenue derived from customs and excise duty on these products. 136 billion stamps are now produced annually, outnumbering banknotes as the most numerous security printed item in the world. The 100 page report describes the drivers for their rapid growth, the technologies involved, how they work and who supplies them .For more information, and to order a copy, please visit here

In recent years, tax stamps have become increasingly commonplace worldwide, now found in nearly 80 countries worldwide, up from fewer than 20 in 1990. They are a proven tool in helping to prevent the illicit trade in cigarettes and spirits (including smuggling, diversion and counterfeiting) and in increasing government revenues as a result. Annual quantities of tax stamps produced are now a staggering 136 billion, while the market potential is 300 billion in terms of current consumption and usage.

This rapid growth has led to Reconnaissance International publishing the world's first detailed study on the subject, which is essential reading for anyone involved in the taxation and authentication of such products, including governments, cigarette and spirits manufacturers, security printers and authentication feature suppliers. The report, which demonstrates the most efficient and cost effective practices in the field through case studies and in-depth analysis, provides the most detailed information ever published on 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.
The report begins with an analysis of the main factors that have caused the explosion in the tax stamp market: an increase in the consumption of alcohol and tobacco and the illicit trade that results from the demand. These areas are examined with reference to population growth and economic changes, and an explanation as to why tax stamps have become the industry standard as a response to illegal trade and counterfeits.

The next stage of the report is to explain how tax stamps provide authentication and anti counterfeit protection as well as additional income to governments. This section reviews the evolution of tax stamps from simple printed items to modern multi-layered authentication devices with features such as banknote printing, holograms, taggants and security inks, along with track and trace capabilities. This section of the report also examines the new breed of packaging, digital print and tracking technologies and speculates as to their role in future tax stamp protection. This speculation is accompanied by an analysis of current market trends in terms of geographic spread and volume, and future developments and opportunities.

The appendix closes the report with 15 individual case studies showing how tax stamps have been adopted and their effectiveness in generating revenue and preventing smuggling, diversion and counterfeiting.

The report is available now through Reconnaissance International's Website. The report, Tax Stamps - a Technical Study and Market Report, is priced at £875 for the first copy, with a second receiving a 50% reduction, and any additional copies costing just 25% of the first. A 10% reduction for Holography News and/or Authentication News subscribers is also available.

For further information contact Astrid Mitchell:
Reconnaissance International
2A High Street
TW17 9AW
+44 1932 269917

About Reconnaissance:
Based in the UK and the US, Reconnaissance is the leading global specialist for business intelligence in authentication for document security, brand protection and personal identification. Through newsletters, conferences, reports and the journals Authentication News and Currency News, it shares specialised knowledge of this constantly changing industry. It has clients in practically every industry imaginable, from governmental to leading brands, and is led by a team of seasoned professionals with a network of associates, worldwide.


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