Digital Tax Stamps for Tobacco Products

The Federal Tax Authority announces that in accordance with cabinet decision no. (42) of 2018 regarding tobacco product, and Federal Tax Authority decision no. (5) of 2020, beginning 1 st January 2021, no water pipe tobacco or electrically heated cigarettes will be allowed to be held out for sale (supply), transport, storage or possession anywhere in the UAE unless they carry a digital tax stamp. All those concerned must comply.

The distinctive mark system for tobacco products is a regulatory program which supports the state’s efforts to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products across the country. The program requires tobacco manufacturers, suppliers and concerned parties to comply with procedures for placing custom digital tax stamps on tobacco products, including water pipe tobacco and electrically heated cigarettes rolls. This is done to monitor and track their movement from manufacture to the point of consumption.

The Federal Tax Authority invites all the importers, distributor, retailers and sale outlets of water pipe tobacco and electrically heated cigarettes rolls to commit to the date and information mentioned above in this regard.