THE Government of Gibraltar in tandem with HM Customs Gibraltar has signed an agreement with JTI, Japan Tobacco International, to protect the legitimate trade in tobacco products and foster a stable and transparent tobacco market in Gibraltar.
JTI Spain is one of the largest manufacturers and importers of cigarettes and rolling tobacco in Europe and handles such brands as Winston, Camel, Silk Cut, Benson and Hedges, American Spirit, Old Holborn and many more which are popular with smugglers trying to move cigarettes from Gibraltar into Spain.
The Memorandum of Understanding outlines the basis of a cooperation framework that includes the sharing of information and best practices, product authenticity identification and training to HM Customs, Gibraltar on counterfeit recognition.
The signing ceremony took place in the Wessex Lounge of Gibraltar International Airport in the presence of the Hon Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Mr John Rodríguez, Collector of Customs of H.M. Customs Gibraltar and Mr. Tom Osborne, JTI Iberia General Manager and members of the Anti-Illicit Trade Department of JTI.
Both parties agreed that it was important to do all that can be done to eradicate the illicit movement of tobacco which promotes disrespect for the law and disrupts public security.