Improving the way tax stamps are developed and used

The International Tax Stamp Association is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in November 2015, that is working to ensure better understanding of the benefits of tax stamp and traceability systems, and to promote high professional standards through education, research and advocacy, and by developing and promoting best practice.

ITSA is recognised by government regulators and tax issuing authorities at national and regional level as an authoritative voice for the tax stamp community. We currently have 28 members from 18 different countries and growing!

If you are interested in joining ITSA then please complete the application form here.

Press Releases

6 Feb 2024

The EU Digital Product Passport ITSA’s Recommendations for a Secure and Interoperable Approach

The purpose of this document, prepared by the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA), is to offer recommendations for a secure and interoperable implementation of the European Union’s (EU) Digital Product Passport (DPP). The DPP is likely to have a far-reaching effect on product traceability systems across numerous industries. However, ITSA …

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1 Feb 2024

Interviews with ITSA Members 2023 – Common Threads and Differences

Last year, we launched a series of interviews with International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) members to collect personal insights into the advances, challenges and possible future developments shaping the tax stamp industry’s evolution. In this article, we look back at common threads that emerged and where opinions differed, considering how …

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18 Dec 2023

Interview with an ITSA Member – Uflex

This month, we are pleased to present the latest entry in our ongoing interview series exploring the professional perspectives of International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) members. Our interview this month is with Mr G P Pathak, Sr Vice President of Uflex Ltd’s Holography Division. Mr Pathak, with a background in …

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An introduction to the international standard for tax stamps

Document distributed as part of Ian Lancaster’s workshop on the review of ISO Standard 22382

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Proposal for an FCTC Protocol-Compliant Tobacco Control System Blue Print

Its aim is to contribute to the work being carried out on implementing a tobacco track and trace system compliant …

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ITSA Guideline

Why Tax Stamps Provide the Best Combined Solution for Traceability and Security Features Under the EU Tobacco Products Directive

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Click above to view ITSA’s workshop presentation to revenue authorities at the Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum, 2 October 2023


A new academic study offers a unique perspective on the problem of illicit trade in Free Trade Zones, identifying four key geographic hubs and comparing the common enabling factors within them.

How is tax stamp authentication actually done in the field, and how do inspectors ensure taxpayer compliance? Francisco Mandiola, Founder and MD of FMA Secure, offers real examples from Panama, Ghana and Mauritius.

Lebanon is one of the few nations where the tobacco sector—from farming to manufacturing—falls under state control. We recently explored how authentication and traceability operate in such an environment.

The manufacturing and sale of counterfeit beverages is alarmingly high in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab, and this illegal activity continues unabated, despite raids and confiscation of machinery carried out by the Punjab Food Authority.

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