UAE bans import of e-cigarettes, waterpipe tobacco without tax stamp


The ban on importing waterpipe tobacco and e-cigarette plugs without digital tax stamps comes into effect on March 1.

According to the UAE’s Federal Tax Authority (FTA), these products are required to carry digital seals that track the items all the way from production to end-use.

From June 1, the FTA will also prohibit the supply, transfer, stockpiling or possession of such products that are unmarked.

The scheme, which was introduced last year, aims to combat tax evasion and protect consumers from fraud.

Initially, it only applied to cigarette packs but later it was expanded to include other forms of tobacco as well.

The FTA has started organising training programmes for inspectors from Departments of Economic Development and Customs Agencies across the Emirates, a well as workshops for importers, producers, and retailers so that they are familiar with the scheme.

More from Business

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • Extra Time

    7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Chris & Robbie bring you the latest from the sporting world plus interviews with upcoming and legendary sporting stars.

  • The Night Shift with Mark Lloyd

    8:00pm - 10:00pm

    Musicians and music, entertainers and entertainment, industry gossip and songs selected by you, get ready to bring your night time to life!

On Dubai Eye

  • Dubai Eye 103.8: On The Frontline

    Dubai Eye 103.8's Georgia Tolley speaks to the Emirate's top doctors and health officials to find out why the UAE is winning the fight against COVID-19.

  • Mark's Summer Bucket List

    Mark Lloyd has been giving you ideas to keep you busy this summer, from staycations to online improv workshops!

Business Breakfast