Asia Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2016: Executive Summary
Oct 8, 2018
From: Oxford Economics
This Report provides an overview of the nature of the illicit trade of cigarettes across a selection of Asian markets. It establishes estimates of consumption of illicit cigarettes and the impact this has on tobacco tax revenue. This is the sixth year of the Asia Illicit Tobacco Indicator Report, providing estimates for 16 markets: Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Illicit Incidence was estimated at 14.6% across sixteen Asian markets in 2017, equivalent to 115.9 billion cigarettes where the applicable indirect taxes were not paid.
More than three-quarters of all illicit cigarettes were consumed in three markets: Pakistan, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Illicit Incidence rose in 12 out of the sixteen markets included in the Report, while four markets experienced a decline in 2017: Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan, Philippines.
Non-Domestic Illicit Consumption was estimated at 57.3 billion in 2017. It is composed of Unspecified Market Variant, Contraband, and Counterfeit cigarettes.
•Unspecified Market Variant products were the largest component of Non-Domestic Illicit, accounting for over 73% of total Inflows in 2017. Over 85% of Unspecified Market Variant cigarettes were identified in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Pakistan.
Contraband consumption was estimated at 13.5 billion cigarettes. The largest volume of Contraband cigarettes was identified in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Korea, and Thailand.