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Manufacturing and importing tobacco products What you need to do from 20 May 2019 if you manufacture or import tobacco products in the EU.

From 20 May 2019, all unit packets of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco manufactured or imported in the EU (except for existing stock) must:

  • have unique identifiers (UIDs)* on the packaging
  • have 5 specific security features on the packaging
  • be scanned at certain points in the supply chain

From May 2024, this will apply to all products containing tobacco.

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