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May 09, 2022

Almost 3 bln tobacco identification codes have been generated through the Tobacco ID software system

Almost 3 billion unique identification codes have been generated through the Tobacco ID tobacco software system in the last 3 years. A record number of issued identifiers was reported in September 2019, when the system generated over 126 million codes in month. On Average, over 90 million identifiers have been generated in month.

"The Tobacco ID system related to monitoring and tracking the movement of cigarettes and tobacco has greatly reduced the smuggling of tobacco products throughout the country", the Information Services JSC' CEO Ivaylo Filipov said.

Issuer of the identifiers for the tobacco products is the Printing Works of the Bulgarian National Bank Corp. and the technological partner is Information Services JSC. The National Customs Agency, which is the controlling body, has access to the tracking system and is able to identify all the information encoded in the codes of the unique identifiers, so it could trace every pack of cigarettes sold on the market.

The system for monitoring the transfer of cigarettes and smoking tobacco was introduced in May 2019 in all EU countries and aims to track tobacco products from manufacturer to retailer. It registers all tobacco manufacturers, warehouses, wholesalers and retailers of tobacco products. They receive unique codes with which each box can be traced and become part of the European Union (EU)-wide tobacco tracking and tracing system (T&T system), which aims to combat tobacco smuggling.

So far, Tobacco ID has registered 32 tobacco manufacturers, over 30,000 retail outlets, 9 factories, 435 warehouses and over 130,000 unique users. The system contains information on 1835 tobacco products and 37 production machines.

Registration of traders and retail outlets is only electronically, even in the absence of an electronic signature. The system allows registration with a power of attorney. According to a survey of service users, the interface of the system is intuitive and easy to use, and the process is as simple and clear as possible. Test environment, that completely overlaps with Tobacco ID, has also been developed. It provides an option for all companies that develop software for their customers' primary repositories to be able to conduct full-fledged tests.


About Information Services JSC

Information Services JSC is the Bulgarian national system integrator of the state administration. The company creates, develops, maintains, and monitors the operability of information systems of national importance. Information Services JSC is a major partner of state institutions and implements key projects of strategic importance for Bulgaria. The company is a leader on the Bulgarian market in the development, implementation and maintenance of new technological solutions. It is as well the first certified provider of Qualified electronic signature services in Bulgaria and is a long term technological partner of Central Election Commission. Information Services JSC has a branch structure that covers all the regional cities in Bulgaria. The company employs over 580 highly qualified experts in various fields of the ICT sector.  The company is certified according to the international standards ISO 9001: 2015 for quality management, ISO / IEC 27001: 2013 for information security management, ISO / IEC 20000-1: 2011 for management of the provided IT services and LSTI N ° 1642-131-V1 .0 for the issuance and management of qualified certificates for electronic signatures, electronic seals and qualified electronic time stamps.