HMRC has said that pre-registration to obtain IDs and get ready for the introduction of the ‘Track & Trace’ system for tobacco products will open for all retailers on 30 April. Authentication manufacturer De La Rue is setting up a ‘customer care functionality’ that will open on 23 April for large retailers.

As part of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) 2014/40/EU, if you want to sell tobacco products after 20 May 2019, you will need to obtain before that date:

  • An economic operator ID (for you business)
  • A separate facility IDs for each premises you use to:
    Sell tobacco products to the public, and
    Store tobacco products.

You will not have to pay for IDs. These must be obtained before 20 May 2019.

If you employ up to 50 people, you may ask your supplier to obtain an ID on your behalf. However, it is up to each wholesaler to decide whether they will offer this service. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to obtain your IDs before 20 May 2019.

Make sure you talk to your tobacco supplier about obtaining your IDs.

HMRC is expected to publish more detailed guidance shortly. Please keep checking our dedicated Track & Trace for Tobacco Products advice page for the latest updates along with our existing guidance.


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