By Seth Emmanuel
- Full enforcement of tobacco product and packaging regulations across the tobacco industry.
- Proper implementation of the Digital Tax Stamps Solution (DTS). This includes stronger enforcement to prevent under-declaration of local factory production and ensuring that only fully duty-paid products with tax stamps are sold in the Ugandan market.
- Greater information sharing and excise tax harmonization within the EAC partner states to help reduce excise-led price disparities between countries, which fuels smuggling.
- Tighter border controls and enhanced scrutiny of products to ensure they comply with local laws.
- More stringent penalties to act as a deterrent, in the form of custodial sentences and forfeiture of factory equipment, real estate and moveable or immoveable assets arising from illicit trade.
- Ratification of the 2012 Illicit Trade Protocol (ITP) under the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
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