Registration & Acquisition Procedures 

From Tuesday 23rd April 2019 the process for ordering, paying and receiving excise tax stamps and TPD security features will change.

These changes form part of an ongoing process to provide digital traceability for all excisable goods that will in turn provide Malta Customs and the public with greater tools to combat and detect illicit trade.

Detailed below is the new process that all ERC (Excise Registered Consignee/Consignor), ERM (Excise Registered Merchants) and TWK (Tax Warehouse Keepers) will be required to follow in order to acquire excise tax stamps and TPD security features.


Step 1: Registration Process

The new scheme will see stamp production and distribution managed by OpSec Security Malta Limited.

All ERC and TWK operators will need to register online for the scheme by completing the 'Scheme Registration Form'.

Upon submission, all requests will be reviewed by Malta Customs and upon approval used to create a new trading account with OpSec Security.

Please complete this step as soon as possible to prevent any delay in ordering excise tax stamps and TPD security features after 23rd April 2019.




Step 2: Ordering Stamps

  1. Once approved onto the new scheme, orders for excise tax stamps and TPD security features can be made by submitting an 'Excise Tax Stamp Order Form' found at

All ERC, ERM and TWK importers will be required to provide with their order:

  • a valid excise declaration number provided by Customs Department; and
  • a scanned copy of the invoice document for excisable products being imported.

Please note: The volume of excise stamps or TPD security features requested by ERC, ERM and TWK importers must not differ from the volume of excisable products listed in the attached invoice.




2. Malta Customs will review all order requests within 24 business hours. Traders will receive confirmation of any approvals or clarifications within this time.

3. Upon email approval from Malta Customs, OpSec Security will provide the trader with a pro-forma invoice for the value of the tax stamps via email. OpSec Security will aim to make stamps available for collection within 12 working hours of approval.

 4. For all orders made to OpSec Security from 23rd April 2019, stamps will need to be collected from the OpSec Security premises, located at:

  • 33 Triq Carini, Santa Venera.
  • Collections will be available between: 9:00 – 15:00 hrs, Mon-Fri.


Payment methods and excise stamp pricing:

Three methods of payment will be possible for the new excise tax stamp and TPD security feature purchases:

  • Bank Transfer: Please note, if payment is made by this method orders will only be processed on full receipt of payment.
  • Credit Card: Payment for full value of order to be taken at time of collection from the OpSec Security Malta, Santa Venera office
  • Cheque: Cheques will be accepted up to a value of €200 with a limit of one cheque payment per trader per week. Cheques to be made payable to: ‘OpSec Security Malta Limited’.

Please note: Cash payment will not be accepted for the purchase of excise tax stamps or TPD security features from 23rd April 2019. 


For further information on the new process or to ask any questions, please feel free to contact OpSec Security team using the online form on this page.

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