Kenya set stage for Water Tax..
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is preparing to raid drinking water and other beverages from September in an effort to raise an additional Ksh3.6 billion ($30 million) from excise tax following introduction of additional excise stamps. The roll-out of Excisable Goods Management System (EGMS) will see manufacturers from September 1 required to affix the new generation excise stamps on bottled water, juices, soda, energy drinks, non-alcoholic beverages, food supplements and cosmetics. Read more
The Consumer Protection Bill 2019 has been passed by Parliament, replacing the more than three decades old Consumer Protection Act, 1986. While the earlier law did cover unfair trade practices, the current one makes it more comprehensive. It is a major step forward in consumer empowerment. One of the salient features of the Bill is Product liability clause. Read more
Fake spare parts’ growth beats auto sales 
The Rs 22,000-crore counterfeit auto parts industry — growing faster than car and bike sales, and which doubled in the last five years — is giving headaches to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). According to the Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), the overall counterfeit product industry in India is worth Rs 1 lakh crore, causing the government tax losses of Rs 40,000 crore.
Netherland invite bid for 800 million tax stamps
Dutch tax authority has invited tender for production and distribution of approximately 800 million tax stamps per year. Currently, for the manufacture of Dutch tax stamps, Dutch Customs has concluded one single Framework Agreement with one single contracting partner. This Framework Agreement will expire on 20 November 2020. The Contracting Authority views the purpose of this tender as a continuation of the tax stamp process, and its intention is to contract this tax stamp process again with one single qualified supplier for the origination and production of tax stamps, and to contract the order portal and distribution of tax stamps with one single qualified supplier.
India needs to assure regulation for domestic drugs
While Indian pharma exports were regulated years ago, the time has come to start a new era for anti-counterfeiting domestic regulation. In a candid conversation, Nakul Pasricha, President, Authentication Solutions Providers Associations (ASPA), reveals more to Akanki Sharma. Read more

Philippines invite bid for enhancing tobacco tax stamp security
The APO Production Unit, Inc., through the Approved Annual Procurement Plan (APP) for CY 2019 intends to apply the sum of Four Hundred Fifty Million Pesos (PhP 450,000,000.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) for the first year, or a total of One Billion Eight Hundred Million Pesos (PhP 1,800,000,000.00) for a period of four (4) years to payments for the Procurement Of Security Features, Enhancement And Application Support/Maintenance Of Internal Revenue Stamps Integrated System (IRSIS) For Tobacco (PB-18-19).
Upcoming Industry Events
Tax Stamp Forum
An important event of Tax Stamp industry, the 9th Tax Stamp Forum is going to take place next month on 11-13 September, in Budapest, Hungary. With over 200 delegates, the event is going to set stage for discussing the latest developments in tax stamp and traceability systems from across the globe. ASPA is also going to be part of the forum and presenting a paper on Key Learnings – Hit and Miss Trends and Developments in Tax Stamps in India. Read more
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