As of July 1, 2013 onwards, VAT imposition on tobacco product will be done in the same way as for all other goods. This means that besides manufacturers and wholesalers, retailers will also have the right to deduct input VAT paid on their purchases. The transition from the current to the regular system means that it could occur that the tobacco sector would have to pay VAT twice on the same goods. To prevent double VAT imposition on the supply of tobacco products, the Dutch Secretary of State for Finance is introducing a transitional scheme. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers will be able to claim back VAT that has already been paid for tobacco products that they still have in stock on July 1, 2013 upon release from the warehouse. Currently the VAT on tobacco products is deducted at the same time as the excise duties by the importer or manufacturer.