Tobacco gantry

Retailers have until 27 June 2021 to ensure that they are properly registered for the UK track and trace system.

HMRC is to introduce new checks on the codes that are given to businesses to ensure that they are registered properly for the UK track and trace system.

Businesses that are involved in the tobacco supply chain have an economic operator ID (EOID) code for their business, and a facility ID (FID) code for each site.

Over the next eight weeks, any codes that aren’t recognised by the track and trace system will generate a warning, allowing businesses time to investigate by logging any issues with the ID Issuer website.

The eight-week grace period runs from 3 May 2021 to 27 June 2021. At the end of this grace period, messages containing codes that fail the new checks will generate an error message and retailers must take action to correct the error before continuing to move tobacco products through the supply chain.

Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) chief executive James Lowman welcomed the grace period for the checks. “We have worked extensively with HMRC to support retailers with the implementation of the tobacco track and trace system since its introduction in 2019, and we hope that this is another step toward only legitimate businesses being involved in the tobacco supply chain. We welcome the eight week grace period, which should give businesses time to investigate any issues with their codes.”