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Combatting illegal trade

We lead the industry in combatting illegal tobacco trade through our partnerships with law enforcement agencies and governments, as well as the development of state-of-the-art technologies.

What does this mean for JTI?

The JT Group takes a stand against illegal tobacco and is committed to fight all forms of illegal trade by securing our own supply chain and working closely with our law enforcement partners to combat this challenge.

Illegal tobacco undermines legitimate tobacco businesses, reduces government tax revenues, and supports organized crime.

We closely monitor our markets and customers to ensure that JTI tobacco products only reach adult consumers through legal trade channels in their intended destination markets.

What does this mean to me as an employee?

To support JTI’s efforts to secure a legal tobacco supply chain, I ensure that any business partner I engage with is made aware of the JTI Supplier Standards and relevant JTI policies. Any business partner who purchases or handles our tobacco products must be reputable and vetted through our supplier and customer certification programs.

I will immediately report any suspicious transaction or activity involving a JTI business partner or product to a member of the Anti-Illicit Trade or Compliance teams.

What does this mean for our business partners?

We expect all business partners to safeguard JTI’s and their own business operations and supply chains against any form of illegal trade. Moreover, we expect full cooperation from our business partners with our supplier and customer certification programs.

Our Anti-Illicit Trade team works with law enforcement to investigate any seizures of JTI product. If an investigation puts any of our business partners’ reputations in doubt, we take the appropriate action to secure our supply chain, including terminating business relationships where necessary.

In numbers

  • 1 out of 10 cigarettes around the world is illegal, on average
  • Over 40 bn USD is lost each year in global tax revenue
  • Over 1 bn illegal cigarettes (or equivalent) seized in 2017, thanks to our partnerships with law enforcement

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