Intel is hitting out at the grey market for chips by changing how it packages products for customers.
It has stopped supplying its processors in trays to all but its largest customers, and will replace these with boxes, which are easier to track and harder to transport across borders, as they are far bulkier.
A source at a UK Intel distributor said: "The reason is that it is easier to track sales and re-marks, and it's also a branding solution. Only the very largest players are interested in tray supplies."
A representative from Intel confirmed the change had occurred.
Only last week, Customs officers at London's Heathrow Airport stopped an individual who was grey importing Pentium II/400 processors in an attempt to evade UK value added tax.
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