El Salvador: Beer Sales to Require Permits

The bill sent to Congress will mean stores must have a license in order to sell beer.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

El Salvador's current law stipulates the need for an operation license only for the sale of beverages containing more than 6% alcohol by volume meaning that beer is excluded.

With the proposed reforms, companies that sell beer will have to obtain the permit, the cost of which is planned to be $210 per year.

"Carlos Fernández, president of Salvadoran brewer La Constancia, indicated that the initiative will particularly affect small businesses," reports Elsalvador.com.

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