About the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
The new treaty aims at eliminating all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products by requiring Parties to take measures to control the supply chain of tobacco products effectively and to cooperate internationally on a wide range of matters.
During the negotiations, Part III of the Protocol, “Supply Chain Control”, was often referred to as the “heart of the protocol”. The provisions in this part comprise measures regarding licensing, due diligence, tracking and tracing, record-keeping, security and preventive measures, sale by Internet, telecommunication or any other evolving technology, free zones and international transit, and duty free sales.
Other important provisions of the Protocol cover offences, such as unlawful conduct and criminal offences, seizure payments and disposal/destruction of confiscated products. In a third key area, the Protocol covers international cooperation, including information sharing, assistance and cooperation, mutual administrative and legal assistance and extradition, reporting and exchange of information. The Protocol also addresses the protection of personal data, as well as matters related to governance, financial and procedural matters.
Protocol: self-assessment checklist available
The Convention Secretariat has prepared a self-assessment checklist, which Parties are invited to utilize at their convenience in assessing their legal, regulatory and policy frameworks in view of the Protocol requirements.
The checklist is available in the six official languages of the COP on a protected website. A note verbale with information on how to access the protected website has been sent to all Parties. For login information, Parties are invited to contact the Secretariat by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For questions or assistance regarding the Protocol, please contact the Secretariat at: email@example.com.