Sunday, 19th September 2021

Excise Department bans sale of imported liquor without foolproof sticker

Colombo, July 30 (BAN/ AD): the sale of all brands of imported liquor without the foolproof sticker has been banned by the Excise Department. As per new rule the possession, transport, storage and sale of imported liquor is illegal unless this new sticker is affixed on containers of foreign liquor.

The Excise Notice No: 4/2019 which was published under Gazette Extraordinary No: 2128/30 issued by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in this regard under the Excise Ordinance on June 20, 2019 has been in force effective July 20th. Under the first phase, this regulation has been implemented on imported liquor (effective July 20th) and, it will be extended to foreign liquor that are manufactured here and local liquor as well in the near future.

Going forward 23 institutions importing foreign liquor will not be allowed to sell foreign liquor to the market without fixing the foolproof sticker issued by the Excise Department on such bottles or cans of liquor. Excise department has taken these steps to prevent smuggling foreign liquor an curb sale of substandard liquor and adulterated liquor to the customers.

Throughout country there are 23 licensed alcohol manufacturing units and 14 spirit distillery plants also over 4000 licensed liquor sales outlets.

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