Stamps and Marks on Tobacco Sold in B.C.
Effective October 1, 2019, there are new stamps for tobacco products sold in B.C. Existing old stamps may still be applied to new products until March 31, 2020.
Effective April 1, 2020, all new tobacco products must bear the new stamp. However, tobacco products already in the market on April 1, 2020 that bear the old stamp can still be sold.
For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency.
Stamps and marks on tobacco helps distinguish legitimate tobacco from illegal tobacco sold in B.C.
Fine cut tobacco and packages, cartons and cases of cigarettes sold in B.C. must bear:
- The B.C. stamp or mark if they are meant for taxable retail sale
- The federal government’s peach stamp on black stock tobacco if they are meant for tax-exempt sales
Other provinces have their own unique marks for tobacco meant for sale in their province. Tobacco that has another province’s mark must not be sold in B.C. unless authorized by us in writing.
Tobacco marked NOT FOR SALE IN CANADA—VENTE INTERDITE AU CANADA must only be sold for export outside of Canada.
Purchasing, possessing, selling, storing or distributing tobacco that isn’t properly marked or stamped is illegal and subject to penalties.
Taxable fine cut tobacco and packages, cartons and cases of cigarettes sold in B.C. must bear the B.C. stamp or mark. These products are only meant for taxable retail sales and must not be sold tax-exempt.
Find out what the B.C. stamp or mark looks like for:
The B.C. stamp for fine cut tobacco and cigarette packages is a modified federal tobacco excise stamp that includes the text “BC” and a green background colour.
New B.C. stamp effective October 1, 2019
Old B.C. stamp
The old B.C. stamp can be applied to products above only until April 1, 2020. The products already in the market on April 1, 2020 that bear the old B.C. stamp can still be sold.
The new B.C. stamp is available on packages of:
- 20 and 25 cigarettes
- 50, 100 and 200 grams of fine cut tobacco
New stamps are no longer available for packages of 200 cigarettes and 150, 250 and 400 grams of fine cut tobacco.
Tobacco manufacturers and importers must apply to us for authority to stamp tobacco products with the B.C. stamp and order stamps from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Cartons of cigarettes have the English and French abbreviations “BC-CB” printed in black on a green background within a black rectangle. This mark appears at each end of the carton.
Shipping cases of cigarettes or fine cut tobacco have the same abbreviations printed in black on two sides of the case.
There are federal marks for:
Tax-exempt packages and cases of fine cut tobacco and cartons and cases of cigarettes sold in B.C. must bear the federal peach stamp with the text DUTY PAID CANADA - DROIT ACQUITTÉ.
New federal government's peach stamp effective October 1, 2019
Old federal government's peach stamp
The old federal government’s peach stamp can be applied to the products above only until April 1, 2020. The products already in the market on April 1, 2020 that bear the old B.C. stamp can still be sold.
Tobacco other than fine-cut and cigarettes sold in B.C. must have the appropriate federal stamp or mark. This includes tobacco such as cigars, smokeless and pipe tobacco, and heated tobacco products.
If you are a duty-free shop in B.C., the tobacco you sell must:
- Not bear the B.C. stamp
- Follow the federal stamping and marking rules
Last revised: November 8, 2019