TTMA calls for greater accountability in Free Trade Zones

 The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) Illicit Trade Desk is calling for greater accountability in Free Trade Zones to prevent illicit trade and money laundering. Read More

TTMA commends Government on its Illicit Trade Fight

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association Tricia Coosal believes that the Government is headed in the right direction thus far in its fight against illicit trade. Read More

TTMA Commends Customs and Excise Division on Recent Seizures

The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association commends the Customs and Excise Division on the recent seizures of contraband for the month of April. Read more 

TTMA Commends Authorities on Arms Haul

In response to the seizure of guns and ammunition in Piarco and Couva, the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) is calling on the government to implement additional measures to tackle the illegal gun and drug trades. Read more

TTMA Calls for Greater Vigilance at Legal Ports of Entry

The T&T Manufacturers’ Association has recommended to Government that there must be increased focus and inspection at the country’s various borders, especially at the ports and within the Free Trade Zone to clamp down on illicit trade and other numerous forms of criminal activities. Read more


TTMA – Free Trade Zones a Haven for Illicit Trade

he Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) Illicit Trade Desk views this country’s Free Trade Zones as a double-edged sword acknowledging that while it supports a myriad of trade activities, it can have devastating effects when these zones are used for criminal purposes. Link:


Illicit Trade in T&T Alcohol Industry

“Illicit trade continues to deprive local businesses of sales, and every sale counts to keep law abiding people employed and shops open. Illegal sales of alcohol also deprive the country of state funds that support our schools, hospitals, pensions, roads and jobs. Read more


T&T Awash With Counterfeit Products

Managing Director of Bastion Market Intelligence Ltd in Port-of Spain, Roger Montero, believes that if the problems of illicit trade are addressed, then this country can get an improved ranking in the next Global Illicit Trade Environment Index. Read more


Illicit Trade: The Criminal Element and Law Enforcement 

Trinidad and Tobago is a breeding ground for illicit trade activities, with its lucrative commercial market, unsuspecting consumers, and its under resourced authorities who are left to determine what are illicitly traded goods and products. Read more


Illicit Trade: What is Contraband and Why is it an Issue?

The illicit trade of goods manifests itself in different ways, including counterfeiting, adulteration of goods, and tax evasion. These are clear violations of any country’s laws – and certainly here in T&T. Read more 


TTMA commends St Lucia crackdown on Illicit Cigarettes

The TT Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) has commended St Lucian authorities for taking swift action against illicit cigarettes. Read more


Impact of COVID on Illicit Trade

There is no doubt the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will have profound effects on the world, most particularly organized crime and illicit trade. The early ramifications of the increasingly susceptible and some criminal groups are already using the restriction on movement as an ‘opportunity’ to increase their illegal activities. Read more


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