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Japan: Alcohol Regulation Tentatively Eased for Disinfectant Production due to COVID-19 Pandemic

(June 15, 2020) Between the middle of March and the beginning of May 2020, government agencies in Japan instituted regulations to ease restrictions on the production, storage, sale, and use of alcohol to make more disinfectants available for medical institutions and general consumers because of the COVID-19 health emergency. Background In January 2020, Japan began […]

Greenland: Local Government Temporarily Prohibits Sale of Alcohol During Coronavirus Outbreak

(Mar. 30, 2020) On March 28, 2020, the Local Government of Greenland (Naalakkersuisut) announced that, effective immediately, the sale of alcohol with an alcohol content of more than 2.25% is prohibited until April 15, 2020, in the Greenlandic cities of Nuuk, Kapisillit, and Qeqertarsuatsiaat. (Selvstyrets bekendtgørelse nr. 5 af 28. marts 2020 om midlertidig forbud […]

Uruguay: Law Regulating Alcohol Consumption Enacted

(Feb. 5, 2020) On January 8, 2020, Law No. 19855 regulating the consumption of alcoholic beverages was published in Uruguay’s official gazette. The new Law aims to manage the risks and prevent the harm resulting from the “problematic consumption” of alcoholic beverages. Additionally, it adopts measures to protect and ensure the rights, comprehensive well-being, and […]

Spain: Bill on Alcohol Consumption to Punish Parents for Their Underage Children’s Drinking

(May 1, 2018) A report prepared by a committee composed of members of Spain’s Congress of Deputies (lower legislative chamber) and Senate (upper legislative chamber) recommends that Spain enact laws punishing parents for their underage children’s drinking. The penalties to be imposed on both children and parents would reinforce current sanctions and promote prevention of […]

Finland: Parliament Approves New Alcohol Law

(Dec. 29, 2017) On December 15, 2017, the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta/Riksdagen) approved a new Alcohol Act to take effect on January 1, 2018. Under the new provisions, the limit on alcohol content in drinks that may be sold in grocery stores will be increased from 4.7% to 5.5%.  (Press Release, Eduskunta/Riksdagen, Alkohollagen godkänd [Alcohol Act […]

Brazil: Harsher Punishments for DUI

(Dec. 26, 2017) On December 20, 2017, Brazil enacted Law No. 13,546, which amends the National Traffic Code to establish harsher punishments for driving while intoxicated. (Lei No. 13,546, de 19 de Dezembro de 2017, PLANALTO; Código Nacional de Trânsito, Law No. 9,503 of September 23, 1997, PLANALTO.) The Law increases the punishment for driving […]

Thailand: Revised Excise Tax Law

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 16, 2017, a revised excise tax came into force in Thailand that increases taxes on seven products, including alcoholic beverages, playing cards, sugary drinks, and tobacco. Speculation in advance was that prices would go up substantially. For that reason, the commerce and finance ministries moved to limit hoarding of the […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendments to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax

(Mar. 20, 2017) The Finance Committee and the Social Welfare and Environmental Health Committees of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (the main parliamentary body) approved a draft amendment to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act on March 13, 2017. (You Kang Yin, Taiwan: Draft Amendment to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Law – Released, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. […]

Japan: New Wine Labeling Regulation

(Nov. 4, 2015) Japan did not previously have regulations on the labeling of wine made from grapes, except for the industry’s own regulations. As more wine is drunk in Japan and more domestic manufacturers make wines, clearer regulations have been sought by consumers. (Alcohol Tax Division, 16th Meeting Minutes (June 17, 2015), National Tax Council […]