Stopping Illicit Trade
Illicit trade is a serious and prominent threat to Australian retailers.
Through smuggling, counterfeit and tax evasion, legitimate businesses are being undermined, consumers are being exposed to poorly made and unregulated products and the Australian government is losing billions in lost tax revenues.
Cigarettes are among the most illegally trafficked goods in the world. The global black market for tobacco products is large and growing. Criminals are increasingly attracted to the high profits and minimal risks associated with trafficking illegal cigarettes.
Reports suggest illicit trade in tobacco represents around 20% of total tobacco consumption In Australia, corresponding to an estimated 2.1 billion illicit cigarettes each year. More needs to be done by governments and law enforcement agencies to tackle the problem of illicit tobacco. In particular, law enforcement at the retail level is critical for us to succeed in the fight against illicit tobacco. And you can do your part.
This site is to allow retailers an opportunity to anonymously report those they suspect or know are selling illicit tobacco. This information will be collated and provided to police authorities to assist with their understanding of illicit crime problem areas so they can investigate and take action.
Speak up. Stop illicit trade. Protect Australian businesses.
Report an illicit seller
Anonymously report the sale of illicit tobacco or nicotine
Thank you for speaking up and reporting an illicit seller.
We will be in touch with the outcome of your report.
Types of illicit tobacco.
The illegal tobacco trade falls broadly into four categories:
Genuine tobacco productsthat are produced for lawful distribution in their market of intended destination but illegally diverted into a different market.
Tobacco products that are generally legally produced in a market and which are smuggled into another market where they have limitedor no legal distribution.
Tobacco products that have been manufactured without the permission of the trademark rights holder.
Tobacco sold as finely cut loose leaf tobacco in a range of pack sizes made in roll-your-own form, also known as ‘chop chop’.