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Tobacco

Get Prepared for Track and Trace

New Track and Trace legislation comes into force for tobacco products from May 20, 2019, with retailers required to obtain two codes. Are you ready? NEW Track and Trace requirements come into effect for tobacco products manufactured from May 20 this year. In advance of this date, there are some important steps that retailers need to take in early May to ensure a smooth transition. As JTI Ireland Sales Director Derek Mooney says, understanding these requirements is key to ensuring there is no disruption in retail outlets. “The new Track and Trace rules will mean that movement of individual packs can be tracked all the way from the point of manufacture to the retail outlet. Packs will be marked with unique identifier codes to facilitate this,” he explains. “To enable pack movements to be tracked

to a retailer’s outlet, the retailer needs to obtain two separate ID codes in good time prior to May 20 this year.” The two codes are an Economic Operator ID code, which identifies the retailer, and a Facility ID code, to identify the outlet where the cigarettes and rollyour-own tobacco are sold. If a retailer operates more than one outlet, a Facility ID code is required for each location. Retailers need to share these codes with their suppliers before May 20 this year, as suppliers require these codes to track products through to the retail outlet. “Retailers can obtain the necessary codes by registering with www.idissuer.ie from the first week of May,” Mooney says. “This online

registration facility is the only way to apply for these ID’s. First, retailers will need to apply for an Economic Operator ID code. Once this issues, which may take up to two working days from application to issue, the retailer may then apply for their Facility ID code. This may also take up to two working days from application to issue. “Unfortunately, the time to apply and be ready before May 20 is very tight, so it is critical retailers act quickly and apply for their Economic Operator ID code and Facility ID code in early May, once the application process opens. These codes are free of charge, so there is no cost to retailers, and retailers will not be required to scan products out to

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