SHARE

In the framework of the European TPD, the British Government has published a list of countries authorizing cross-border and distance sales of vaping products in the EU.

Some countries already offer administrative solutions to professionals in order to notify their products but some others, like France, have still not started the process, which creates grey zones in the market.

Member States that permit cross-border distance sales of e-cigarettes and/or tobacco products

Member State Cross-boarder distance sales of tobacco Cross-border distance sales of e-cigarettes Website for registration/contact details
Czech Republic Yes Yes TBC
Denmark Yes Yes Tobacco products: www.sum.dk

Ecigs:www.danishbusinessauthority.dk/retailers-e-cigarettes-cross-border-distance-sales

France No Yes TBC
Germany Yes Yes www.bvl.bund.de/tobacco_crossborder_registration
Ireland Yes Yes info.tpd@hse.ie
Malta Yes Yes TBC
Netherlands Yes Yes www.nvwa.nl/onderwerpen/eten-drinken-roken/dossier/roken-en-tabak/registration-form-for-cross-border-distance-sales-of-tobacco-products-electroni
Norway Yes Yes TBC
Sweden Yes Yes Tabac:storforetagsregionen@skatteverket.se

Ecigs: TBC

United Kingdom Yes Yes www.gov.uk/government/publications/tobacco-products-and-e-cigarette-cross-border-sales-registration
Croatia TBC* TBC TBC
Slovénia TBC TBC TBC
Iceland TBC TBC TBC
Turkey TBC TBC TBC

*TBC: to be confirmed

What does the TPD say about cross-border distance sales of tobacco products?

The TPD Article 18 outlines cross-border sales of tobacco and vaping products.

Member States may prohibit cross-border distance sales of tobacco products to consumers. Member States shall cooperate to prevent such sales. Retail outlets engaging in cross-border distance sales of tobacco products may not supply such products to consumers in Member States where such sales have been prohibited.

Member States which do not prohibit such sales shall require retail outlets intending to engage in cross-border distance sales to consumers located in the Union to register with the competent authorities in the Member State where the retail outlet is established and in the Member State, where the actual or potential consumers are located.

Retail outlets established outside the Union shall be required to register with the competent authorities in the Member State where the actual or potential consumers are located. All retail outlets intending to engage in cross-border distance sales shall submit at least the following information to the competent authorities when registering:

  • name or corporate name and permanent address of the place of activity from where the tobacco products will be supplied;
  • the starting date of the activity of offering tobacco products for cross-border distance sales to consumers by means of Information Society services;
  • the address of the website or websites used for that purpose and all relevant information necessary to identify the website.