Alcoholic Beverages: Bill Attempted to Revive

A bill is being considered in Costa Rica that proposes to identify each container of this type of beverage with a device, label or sticker in order to prevent smuggling, a measure that, according to business people, would not be effective.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In 2019, a project called "Law against the adulteration of smuggled beverages with alcoholic content" was presented to the Assembly. This initiative proposes the use of technological tools to combat smuggling, imitation and adulteration of alcoholic beverages. See full bill.

The proposal has not advanced so far this year, but according to the Observatory of Illicit Commerce (OBCI), of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce (CCCR), the project would be discussed again at the legislative level as of October 1st.

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As in 2019, the business sector currently believes that the approval of the initiative will not result in a solution to the problem of smuggling and adulteration.

Gisela Sanchez, Director of Corporate Relations for Florida Ice and Farm Co (Fifco), told that the fight against illegal beverage trafficking should be supported, but "... measures such as those proposed in this plan have already been applied in the Commercial Free Deposit of Golfito, starting February 1, 2019, without positive results."

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For Jairo Mena Arce, executive director of the OBCI, the approval of the law "... would be a new productive cost in a context where an economic fall of 5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is already estimated", a crisis that is due to the outbreak of covid-19.

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