TFWA joins Business at OECD as campaign to end illicit trade continues

By Kristiane Sherry |

TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen says he ‘looks forward’ to working with OECD groups on anti-counterfeiting. 

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) has had its nomination to join the Business at OECD (BIAC) Associate Expert Group approved, a move seen as a “significant opportunity” to contribute to policy development in the ongoing fight against illicit trade.

TFWA is a founding member of the Duty Free: Trusted, Transparent, Secure campaign, which highlights the dangers and consequences of illegal goods trading.

Business at OECD represents business federations across OECD countries, spanning seven million private enterprises across all sectors.

The move presents a “significant opportunity” for both TFWA and the DFTTS campaign to collaborate with policy makers and industry experts worldwide, TFWA said in a statement.

As a member of BIAC, TFWA will participate in a range of policy groups set up to collaborate with various OECD Committees.

On behalf of the DFTTS campaign, TFWA will join the Anti-Illicit Trade Expert Group (AITEG), providing evidence-based, structured input, contributing to policy drafts, and participating in OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade (TFCIT) meetings. 

“We are delighted to be joining Business at  OECD (BIAC) and representing duty free and travel retail businesses around the world, particularly on such an important campaign as ‘Duty Free: Trusted, Transparent, Secure’,” said Erik Juul-Mortensen, TFWA President.

“This campaign reaffirms our commitment to fighting illicit trade, and we look forward to working closely with the Anti-Illicit Trade Export Group and other like-minded policy experts to promote our industry’s zero-tolerance approach to illicit trade, counterfeiting and intellectual property theft wherever it occurs.” 

The DFTTS campaign group met in Cannes in October 2022.

During last year’s TFWA World Exhibition, held in October 2022, duty free and travel retail lobbying forces met to urge national governments and cross-border enforcement agencies to work proactively with the industry to tackle illicit trading.

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