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September 25, 2013

Fight Against Counterfeit Alcohol

Is there a trade in counterfeit alcohol in Mauritius? The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) think this is the case. So she has decided to put his stamp - excise stamp on the bottles of alcoholic beverages from 1 October. The Excise Stamp on Cigarette box from 25 to 50 cents on October 1.

"Counterfeiting has become a global phenomenon that affects almost all products, including alcoholic beverages. In Mauritius, it is likely that there is a distribution of counterfeit alcohol, which would represent a loss to the state but also a danger to consumers, "said MRA.

"Alcoholic beverages will be provided with a vignette (excise stamp) in order to ensure better control on imported beverages. The sticker is known to be a traceability tool says it does at the MRA.

This new measure for drinks such as cognac, champagne, whiskey and vodka, which have a degree greater than 20% alcohol and are in containers larger than 200 ml. According to the standards, the sticker will be applied vertically in a way that the bottle can not be uncapped without tearing the label.

Manufacturers have until March 31 to sell existing stock. From April 1, 2014, the bottles will not bear tags will be seized and violators will be punished under the Excise (Amendment) Regulations 2013. Note that the MRA was ranked third in the Stamp Tax Awards 2013. This is due to the quality of his cartoons, deemed difficult to reproduce.

Taxes

With the sale of alcoholic beverages, the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) has collected Rs 3, 7 billion in tax last year, and Rs 3, 4 billion with the sale of cigarettes. The revenues of the MRA from the sale of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are 12, 6% of its finances. From January to August, the MRA has collected Rs 200 million in tax with alcoholic beverages.

 

Text by Le Matinal
 

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