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Tax Stamp & Revenue

Protection Systems

Tax Stamp & Revenue Protection Systems
The global trade in counterfeit and smuggled goods is an industry worth many
billions of US dollars. Funds gained from this illicit trade are known to support
serious organised crime and terrorist organisations.
The effects on industries and the businesses that operate within them can be
devastating as well as causing huge losses in tax revenue to governments.
Alcohol, cigarettes and pharmaceuticals are just three of the many products that
are often counterfeited or smuggled across borders without the required tax being
To combat this illicit trade it is vital that at all sections of the distribution chain
including manufacturers, retailers, consumers and government officials are able to
verify that:
Tax has been paid on the product
The product is authentic and safe
Its origin can be traced

OpSec Solutions
OpSec is a leading global supplier of tax stamp security and authentication systems
which enable governments to protect their revenues and ensure the safety of
products entering their geographic boundaries.

OpSec utilise multiple technology platforms including:

Overt optical technologies, such as high security print and advanced holography
Covert and forensic technologies
Digital technologies, such as state of the art track and trace systems with 24/7
online data access

High Security Tax Stamps

Provided as either a wet gluebanderol or adhesive label,the stamp should
encompass both overt and covert securityfeatures to enable consumersand
customs staff to confirm its authenticity.
Combined with security print, serialisation and/or bar codes, OpSec tax stamps
provide the most effective protection available against counterfeiting.

Online Government Tracking

The real-time database administered and managed by OpSec provides
governments and customs with total system transparency including details of
which tax stamps have been manufactured and their status:
In warehouse stock
In transit to customer
Delivered to customer
Dependent on the detail supplied by customs to OpSec with each order dispatch
instruction, the real time database will provide regular data reports to customs
and the Ministry of Finance. The type of reports and their contents can be agreed
between OpSec and the government.
Security Features

Micro Images

250 micron Barcode

CLR Feature


Channel 1 Channel 2
Channel 1 Channel 2

guilloche line work

guilloche line work Mobile Enabled
visible at multiple
visible at multiple Barcode
Deliberate Error
Image Information:
Image Information:
100% composites
100% composites
22mmx 13mm
x 13mm
with contrasting
with contrasting

Vertical Two Channel Switch

350% composites
350% composites
Vertical 2 channel switch Unique numbering
Vertical 2 channel switch Unique numbering
text and banner
text and banner

Micro Text

Hoxel Shapes

Advanced Holographic Technology

Overt features Mobile Enabled Barcode Micro Text

Equinox Readable by any laptop, smart phone Text typically between 0.1 and 0.2mm
or tablet using standard off-the-shelf high and not visibleto the naked eye.
OpSecs patented reflective OVD
barcode reader applicationeliminating Viewable under 10 x magnification.
exhibits a dramatic kinetic black and
the need for proprietary reading
white image switch on the SI Badge, Deliberate Error
providing strong overt security.
Reversed letter in contrasting diffractive
Covert Features
Vertical Two Channel Switch text.
Covert Laser Readable Image (CLR)
A strong visual switch between the SI 250 Micron Barcode
Badge and star symbol, via vertical Encoded OP Image within the OVD
Micro data matrices can be exposed
movement of the OVD, provides a stamp, such that it can only be seen
and embossedat the same time.
strong public feature seen in even by interrogating the stamp using a
Available in QR and Aztec formats.
adverse lighting conditions. customised laser reading device.
Micro Images
Serialisation Hoxels
String of 150 micron micro shields
A unique serial number on the stamp Using e-beam technology, OpSecs
rendered via e-beam technology with
supports cradle-to-grave tracking for proprietary hoxel shapes are micro-
extremely fine detail for extraordinary
increased product and supply chain positioned in the inner and outer rings
covert and forensic authentication.
security. Available in both visible and UV of the hologram to optimise optical
fluorescing print. effects and provide an image that has a
highly complex forensic fingerprint.
Advanced Online Track and Trace Solutions
In partnership with Xerox, a leading global IT solutions provider, OpSec have
developed the SecureITTTM and eTracsTM Tax Stamp program.
By combining state of the art OVD labels with personalised QR barcodes,
consumers and government officials are able to track all required elements of the
product supply chain from the manufacture of the SecureITT stamp to detailed
elements of the distribution process from alcohol/cigarette manufacturer, to
wholesaler, to retailer.
Depending on the user, differing levels of detail are available for example,
on scanning the barcode product consumers will be forwarded to customised
websites to confirm the authenticity of the product and/or supply more information
about the product in question. However, by utilising the same QR codes via a
specialised mobile application, customs officials can obtain the complete and
detailed product distribution path to aid with investigations or checks.
For further information about the SecureITTTM solution, contact OpSec.

Leading Customer and Technical Support

Dedicated customer focus and on-going technical support are two of the key
OpSec promises. Many customers have remained loyal to OpSec for decades
due to this unrivalled level of service which ensures OpSec stand out against the

OpSec Experience
For over 25 years, governments worldwide have trusted OpSec to deliver
innovative,high security solutions for the protection of taxation, banknote and high
security documents, including:
Armenia Russia
Bangladesh Thailand
Egypt United Kingdom
Estonia United States

OpSec Worldwide Offices Also see our literature on:

OpSec Banknote Security, OpSec SecureITT,
US: Boston, MA Denver, CO Lancaster, PA
Optical and Material Science
UK: Leicester Washington
Germany: Munich
Asia: Hong Kong
Caribbean: Dominican Republic


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