Some 250 delegates from more than 30 countries attended the Tax Stamp Forum which took place in Miami in November 2015.



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  • Advanced Track and Trace (France)
  • Agfa Graphics (Belgium)
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) (USA)
  • Allexis (Slovakia)
  • Alteram Solutions (South Africa)
  • Altria (USA)
  • AMPG Group (Armenia)
  • Angstrom Technologies (USA)
  • API Holographics (UK)
  • APO Production Unit (Philippines)
  • Arjowiggins Security (France)
  • Arkansas Tobacco Control Board (USA)
  • Art-Line Projekt (Germany)
  • Ashton Potter Security Printers (USA)
  • Association of European Cancer Leagues (Belgium)
  • ATT Trade Bureau Library (formerly: Alcohol Tobacco & Tax Trade Bureau) (USA)
  • Authentication Solutions Protection Association (ASPA) (India)
  • Avery Dennison (USA)
  • Blumer Maschinenbau (Switzerland)
  • Bowater Holographics (UK)
  • Bulgarian National Bank Printing Works (Bulgaria)
  • Bundesdruckerei (Germany)
  • California Distributors Association (USA)
  • California State Board of Equalization (USA)
  • Canada Revenue Agency (Canada)
  • Canadian Bank Note Company (Canada)
  • Cartor Security Printing (France)
  • Casa da Moeda do Brasil (Brazil)
  • Centro Grafico DG (Italy)
  • Chanwanich Security Printing Co (Thailand)
  • Complete Inspection Systems (USA)
  • Cook County Government/Dept of Revenue (USA)
  • Creed Engineers (India)
  • Customs & Excise Division (Antigua and Barbuda)
  • Customs Service (Papua New Guinea)
  • Customs, Illicit Trade and Anti-Money Laundering – Montana (USA)
  • DataDot Technology (USA)
  • De La Rue (UK)
  • DEMAX Holograms (Bulgaria)
  • DLR Security Concepts (Ireland)
  • Dominican Rum Producers Association (Dominican Republic)
  • Dynapresse Marketing (Indonesia)
  • Eastman Kodak Company (Switzerland)
  • Enigma (Brazil)
  • Excel Systems (Egypt)
  • Excise and GST/HST Rulings Directorate (Canada)
  • Federal Board of Revenue (Pakistan)
  • Federation of Tax Administrators (USA)
  • Fedrigoni Brasil Papéis (Brazil)
  • Former Director – State Taxation (Paraguay)
  • General Inland Revenue (Dominican Republic)
  • Georgia Revenue Service (Georgian Republic)
  • Goebel (Germany)
  • Government of India Customs House
  • Graphic Security Systems (USA)
  • GS1 Slovakia
  • GTS (Germany)
  • Hologram.Industries (France/USA)
  • Holoptica (USA)
  • Hueck Folien (Hong Kong)
  • Huizhou Foryou Optical Technology (FYOTEC) (China)
  • IHMA (UK)
  • Indonesian Government Security Printing & Minting Corp (Perum Peruri)
  • IQ Structures (Czech Republic)
  • Joh. Enschedé Security Print (Netherlands)
  • JPatton (USA)
  • Jura JSP (Austria)
  • KBA-NotaSys (Switzerland)
  • Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Kodak (Argentina)
  • Krones (Germany)
  • Lake Image Systems (UK)
  • Leonhard Kurz (Germany)
  • Lesotho Revenue Authority
  • Luminescence International (UK)
  • Madras Security Printers (India)
  • Massachusetts – (MA) – Department of Revenue (USA)
  • Mauritius Revenue Authority
  • McLane Company (USA)
  • Miladon Group (Canada)
  • Ministry of Finance (Poland)
  • Ministry of Finance (India)
  • Ministry of Finance (Liberia)
  • NabuAdvisors (USA)
  • National Board of Revenue (Bangladesh)
  • National Customs Service (Ecuador)
  • National Tax Service (Korea)
  • New ProImage (USA)
  • New York University (USA)
  • North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) (USA)
  • Northern Virginia Cigarette Tax Board (USA)
  • Oberthur Fiduciaire (UK)
  • Office of Tax & Revenue, Washington DC (USA)
  • Office of the Sheriff (USA)
  • OpSec Security Group (UK)
  • Papeteries De Vizille (France)
  • Petrel (France)
  • Philip Morris (Canada)
  • Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) (Poland)
  • Red Stamp (USA)
  • Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken (Germany)
  • Revenue Agency (Paraguay)
  • Revenue Commissioners (Ireland)
  • Rolland Enterprises (Canada)
  • Securikett Ulrich & Horn (Austria)
  • Servicio Nacional de Aduana del Ecuador (SENAE) (Ecuador/Chile)
  • SICPA (Brazil/Switzerland/Turkey/UK/USA)
  • South African Revenue Service
  • Sovereign Border Solutions (South Africa)
  • Spectra Systems Corporation (USA)
  • Sri Lanka Customs
  • Stardust Europe (Estonia)
  • State of NJ Dept of Treasury (USA)
  • Tanzania Revenue Authority
  • Tax Administration Jamaica
  • Tax Authority of Guatemala
  • Thomas Greg & Sons (Colombia/Peru)
  • Transelan Inc (Canada)
  • Turkish Revenue Administration
  • UAB Garsu Pasaulis (Lithuania)
  • US Government Accountability Office (GAO) (USA)
  • VALID (Brazil)
  • Venture Global Consulting (USA)
  • Washington (DC) Office of Tax & Revenue (USA)
  • Wood & Associates (USA)
  • Xerox Corporation (Spain)
  • Xerox State & Local Solutions (USA)
  • Zambia Revenue Authority
  • Zimbabwe Revenue Authority
  • Zollkriminalamt (Germany)

‘A Huge View of the Tax Stamp Field’

As the only event that brings together the relatively small global tax stamp community, the 6th Tax Stamp Forum™ – held in Miami from 11-13 November – was generally lauded by its 250 attendees.

Since its inception in 2009, the Forum has grown in attendance by more than 60%. In addition, this year’s event welcomed an increasing number of revenue, customs and enforcement authorities, with 35 in total, from all over the world, in attendance.

This growth is testimony to the increasing support from suppliers and governments alike, who see the value of having a dedicated event such as this. But the increased support was not only manifested in numbers; it was also evidenced by the positive attendee feedback.

If there was one piece of feedback that really stood out, it was how much delegates valued being able to meet and learn from others – whether from different players in the supply chain or different places in the world.

This is what some of the delegates had to say:

  • An industry supplier: ‘Informative, with a huge view of the tax stamp field. Opportunity to exchange with industry experts’.
  • A US tobacco products distributor: ‘First year of attending and much information of value was obtained as well as beneficial contacts made. I look forward to further involvement’.
  • A security printer: ‘Very diversified presentations covering a large range of questions such as RFPs, standards, security features, innovations, experiences of governments’.
  • A law enforcement officer: ‘I have learned a lot from different solution providers and administrations in terms of the challenges which are facing all of us’.
  • An African revenue authority: ‘The conference was an eye-opener. It gave an in-depth view of what is to come and allowed us to think futuristically to combat issues to deal with illicit trade’.
  • Another African revenue authority: ‘Over-exceeded my expectations. I have learnt a lot and this will definitely benefit my country tremendously. Our country doesn’t have a tax stamp yet but this conference is the starting point’.
  • A Latin American revenue authority: ‘Excellent conference, very interesting. It’s a ‘must-go’ event before the implementation of a tax stamp security system’.

The feedback also pointed to some areas for further improvement, which Reconnaissance will be focusing on for the next Tax Stamp Forum. This included suggestions that more time could be dedicated to real-life situations and case studies, with increased audience participation.

Furthermore, while this year’s Forum welcomed more government issuers than ever before, one of the goals for next time is to attract an even larger government delegation, in order to create a better commercial/government balance.


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The 2015 Programme

Wednesday 11 November

Pre-Conference WorkshopThe A-Z of Coding Solutions for Tax Stamps

Thursday 12 November

Session OneOverall Landscape and Standards

  • Nicola Sudan, Tax Stamp News (UK)

    Opening Remarks and Overview of Tax Stamp Landscape

  • Francis Goossens, Thomas Greg (Colombia)

    Launch of an Association for Tax Stamps

  • Ian Lancaster, Reconnaissance International (UK)

    Progress Towards an ISO Standard: Defining the Scope

  • Alex Finkel, SICPA Product Security, Meyercord Revenue (US)

    Fit for 2020: Adapting Capability for Customers, Cooperation and Collaboration

  • Luk Joossens, Association of European Cancer Leagues (Belgium)

    An Update on Recent Developments of the WHO FCTC Protocol, WHO and EU

Session TwoRegulatory and Enforcement Landscape

  • John W Colledge, Former Law Enforcement Professional (US)

    Opening Remarks and Overview of US Laws Related to Tobacco and Alcohol

  • Michael Yates, Sovereign Border Solutions (South Africa)

    Key Findings of the EU Feasibility Study for Traceability and Security Features

  • Maurice “Mo” Gilmore, Arkansas Tobacco Control Board (US)

    Arkansas – An Examination of a Comprehensive US State Tobacco Enforcement Programme

  • Sgt Jeffrey Karran, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    Canada's Illicit Trade Hotspots (in Particular First Nation Reservations)

Session ThreePanel Discussion – Around the World in 80 Minutes

  • Jerome Horton, Board of Equalization, California

  • Xavier Cardenas, Servicio Nacional de Aduana del Ecuador

  • Florian Hertel, Zollkriminalamt, Germany

  • Aftab Baloch, Federal Board of Revenue, Pakistan

  • Jorge Gaona, (formerly) Subsecretaría de Estado de Tributación, Paraguay

  • Moderator: Sven Bergmann, Venture Global Consulting (US)

Session FourAnatomy of the Modern Tax Stamp (1)

  • Barna Barabas, Jura (Hungary)

    It All Begins With the Design

  • Leo Lemark, AM-PG Group (Armenia)

    New Optical Nano Colour-Shifting Tax Stamps with Customised Watermark

  • Tim Sandford, Bowater Industries (UK)

    Making Holograms an Effective Visual Security Element of Tax Stamps

  • Nick Cooper, Luminescence (UK)

    Innovations in Security Inks for Tax Stamps

  • Ladislav Janco, GS1 Slovakia

    Unique Identification of Tax Stamps

Friday 13 November

Session FivePanel Discussion: Creating an RFP for a New Tax Stamp System - Putting Round Pegs into Round Holes

  • Michael J Thorne- Begland, Altria Client Services (US)

  • John W Colledge, Former Law Enforcement Professional (US)

  • Caxton Masudi Ngeywo, Kenya Revenue Authority

  • Richard Ward, NASPO (US)

  • Mark Deakes, Reconnaissance International (UK)

  • Michael Eads, Sovereign Border Solutions (South Africa)

  • Moderator: Randall Burgess

Session SixAnatomy of the Modern Tax Stamp (2)

  • Quentin Van Den Hove, Agfa Graphics (Belgium)

    Using Copy-Sensitive Track and Trace Codes and Security Design Tools

  • Cary Quinn, Graphic Security Systems (US)

    Designing Optical Security with the Smartphone in Mind

  • George Perkous, Holoptica (US)

    Making Holograms an Effective Visual Security Element of Tax Stamps

  • Michael Eads, Sovereign Border Solutions (South Africa)

    Material-Based Security in a Digital Age

  • Michael Banahan, OpSec Security (US)

    50 Shades of Tax Stamp – A Review of Global Tax Stamp Security and Reporting Demands

Session SevenQuality Control and Application

  • Nick Khatri, Lake Image Systems (UK)

    The Contribution of Reading and Inspection Systems to a Successful Track and Trace Programme

  • Rolf Manser, Blumer Maschinenbau (Switzerland)

    The Tax Stamp Cutting Process

  • Geoff Gauger, Krones (US)

    Applying the Stamp to the Product

Session EightCase Studies and Best Practices

  • Emma V Teodoro, APO Production Unit (Philippines)

    The Philippines Experience

  • Swaraj Sunassy, Mauritius Revenue Authority

    The Mauritius Experience

  • Michel Mariton, Hologram Industries (France)

    Meditag Malaysia – How it’s Done on Pharma Products

  • Evan J Garcia, Massachusetts Department of Revenue (US)

    The Massachusetts Experience

  • Faruk Gozubuyuk, Turkish Revenue Administration (Turkey)

    The Turkey Experience (title to be confirmed)

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors


  • Bowater Industries




  • Jura JSP
  • Madras Security Printers


  • Advanced Track & Trace
  • AGFA Graphics
  • Allexis s.r.o
  • APO Production Unit
  • Art-Line Projekt
  • Blumer
  • Complete Inspection Systems
  • Excel Systems
  • Fyotec
  • Graphic Security Systems Corporation
  • Holoptica
  • Lake Image Systems
  • LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co.
  • Luminescence International
  • Opsec
  • Papeteries De Vizille
  • Petrel
  • Spectra Systems Corporation
  • Stardust

Excellence in Tax Stamp Awards

The conference also played host the Excellence in Tax Stamp Awards – read about the winners