Supply and distribution /
Illicit trade in tobacco products

We are totally opposed to illicit trade and are committed to working with governments and customs and excise authorities around the world to tackle tobacco smuggling and counterfeiting.

Our international experience reinforces our concern that excessive tax increases by governments fuel the growth of illicit trade.

Smuggling and counterfeiting benefits no one except the criminals involved, creating a market that is uncontrolled and unaccountable. As a result, children can more easily obtain tobacco products, governments are deprived of tax revenues and the livelihoods of independent tobacco retailers are threatened.

We apply stringent controls to our global network of distributors, and have a dedicated team of specialists who operate internationally in conjunction with governments and customs and excise authorities to disrupt the supply and sales of illicit product.

The success of our operations has helped to significantly reduce smuggling of genuine Imperial Tobacco products.
Our anti-illicit trade activity is increasingly directed against counterfeiting, which is a growing issue for a range of consumer goods' industries.

Our brands are manufactured to the highest standards and comply with all regulatory requirements. Counterfeit products do not comply with these requirements and therefore deprive smokers of the quality and taste they associate with their favourite brands.

Retailers and consumers should only buy tobacco products from legitimate sources.