Smuggled cigarettes, alcohol beat the ban

Fake or untaxed alcohol and tobacco products are flooding the market as the Ministry of Commerce and importers face an impasse over planned import reform, industry sources say. The Internal Revenue Department announced early this month that it would crackdown on untaxed, illegally imported and sometimes fake goods that are freely available at wholesale markets […]

Liquor licence fees set to rise

Restaurants and shops selling alcohol will face higher annual licensing fees this year from the Ministry of Home Affairs General Administration Department, according to government officials. U Than Lwin, head of Yangon’s Seikkan township General Administration Department, said a proposal has already been sent to parliament, while his department had notified all liquor vendors in […]