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Digital Tax Stamps Scheme for Tobacco Products | Federal Tax Authority

Digital Tax Stamps Scheme for Tobacco Products

The DTS is a newly introduced control scheme requiring tobacco manufacturers and stakeholders to comply with enhanced standards for the importation and trading of tobacco in the UAE. DTS delivers unique pack marking and encoding to allow product trace-ability from the point of manufacturing through to the final Emirate of distribution, and to support enforcement activity targeting the reduction in illicit tobacco trading. The DTS scheme will require manufacturers to apply specific high security control markers (stamps) and codes to all packs, with the principle aim of the DTS scheme being:


  • 1

    To enhance the FTA's ability to control and collect taxes on tobacco products sold in the UAE, following importation or local manufacture.

  • 2

    To give the relevant authorities the ability to analyse and audit the supply chain in order to better identify the trade in illicit tobacco products.

  • 3

    To meet the compliance standards laid down by the World Health Organisations’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) through the enabling of tracking and traceability of compliant tobacco products.

Industries required to register


1 Any UAE-based or overseas/international cigarette manufacturer that sells its products via importation into the UAE for either domestic sales or sales via UAE duty free outlets (airports and ports).


2 Any officially licensed importer of record who purchases cigarettes in bulk from domestic or international manufacturers and undertakes to on-sell and distribute within the UAE mainland or UAE duty free markets.

Distributors / Supply Chain Agents/ Warehouse keepers

3 Any official distributor that will be the recipient of formally imported goods for sales in domestic market or sales via UAE duty free outlets (airports and ports).


The Federal Tax Authority declares that De La Rue is the official operator for the Digital Tax System in the UAE on their behalf.


Understanding your Excise Tax related obligations

To find out more, you may explore the links below

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Page last updated on: 17 October 2021 - 04:18:32 PM

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