Tanzanian brewers have introduced new pricing and smaller packaging for their alcohol brands in response to a government decision in February 2017 to ban packaging of alcohol in sachets. The ban was effected to curb alcohol addiction and tackle tax evasion, but local producers say the policy has made business tougher in the industry.
Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union Affairs & Environment), January Makamba, has said the government is preparing new legislation to further regulate the packaging of alcohol in the country and stop illegal producers who do not pay tax. This includes a proposal to compel producers to package their products in recyclable bottles with a minimum capacity of 250ml. This move is again another indication of government’s resolve to tackle littering and tax evasion, as it looks to shore up revenue to pursue fiscal goals.
Written by Songhai Analyst, Adedayo Ademuwagun (Lagos)
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