Packing and Labelling Procedure for Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Mandatory from 31 May 2009

F.No.267/50/2007-CX-8

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

(Central Board of Excise & Customs)

New Delhi, dated 2nd June, 2009.

Subject: Notification of “The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008” prescribing the manner in which the health warnings shall be displayed on tobacco products with effect from 31.05.2009

Please refer to the Office Memorandum dated 29.05.2009 of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare issued from P.No.16011/07/05-PH-I.

2.   The Office Memorandum is self explanatory. It is requested to take necessary action accordingly.

3.   Detailed instructions on the issue will follow shortly.

Yours faithfully,

Encl: As above

(Sushil Solanki)

Commissioner (CX

P.16011/07/05-PH-I

Government of India

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi. Dated the 29th May 2009

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

As per Rule 3(1) (a) of "the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Rules 2008" it is mandatory for every package of cigarettes and other tobacco products, produced / manufactured / imported on or after 31st May 2009 to carry Specified Health Warning in the manner as prescribed in the said Rules. In order to ensure effective implementation of the said Rules, it is necessary to ensure the following:-

(i)   No tobacco products will be cleared from the manufacturing premises by the department of Central excise and Customs unless and until it bears the specified Health Warning and other requisites as prescribed in the Rules. In case of Beedi units manufacturing 20 lakh beedi or below, Department of Labour and any other concerned authority is also authorized to check violation under the Packaging and Labeling Rules 2008.

(ii)  No tobacco products which are imported will be cleared by the department of Customs unless and until it bears the specified Health Warning and other requisites as prescribed in the Rules.

In this regard it is clarified as per the notification dated 3rd May 2009 GSR 305(E), the definition of "Package" means any type of pack in which cigarette and other tobacco product is packaged for consumer sale but shall not include wholesale, semi wholesale or poora packages if such packages are not intended for consumer use.

All the concerned authorities are directed to ensure effective implementation of the above said Rules on specified health warning (copy enclosed).

Sd/-

(A.K. Parmar)

Director