Online liquor sales get green light

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 - 12:36

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The Ministry of Finance has given approval to the Excise Department to conduct liquor sales online.

The opening of liquor outlets is currently banned due to travel restrictions. The Commissioner-General of Excise stated that due to this, consumers have increasingly requested to be given the opportunity to purchase liquor online.

He further stated that the sale of illegal liquor has increased due to the closure of liquor outlets.

He stated that the sale of such illicit liquor at exorbitant prices has increased and that a number of institutions and individuals have requested the opportunity to trade liquor through the online system. He said that a request has been made to the Ministry in a letter.

The Commissioner further said that a number of institutions and individuals have requested the Excise Department to provide legal liquor at reasonable prices under the "online" system to control the situation to some extent.