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A clouded future for e-cigarettes in Myanmar

The law is vague on the status of vaping in Myanmar, and the Ministry of Health and Sports may ban e-cigarettes before changes can be made to the relevant legislation. By YE MON and EAINT THET SU | FRONTIER THE camera pans along a row of single-use Flow e-cigarettes, each in a different coloured box […]

Retailers hit with liquor import ban

Liquor retailers are no longer allowed to sell imported brands, as it is a violation of Ministry of Commerce regulations. The ministry hasn’t allowed the import of alcohol, beer and cigarettes, except by duty-free shops and a few high-end hotels, since the days of the military government. However, the General Administration Department under the Ministry […]

Booze and Cigarette Taxes to Change from April

Cigarettes will be taxed individually and alcohol will be taxed per litre, according to the draft Commercial Tax Law 2016. For cigarettes, a roll of cigarette will be taxed from K3 to K48 depending on the price of the cigarette. For alcohol, a litre of alcohol will be taxed from K66 to K2,231 depending on […]

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 […]

Parliament rejects 200% tax increase on tobacco and alcohol

NAY PYI TAW—The Union Parliament on Monday (March 10) rejected a private member’s bill that proposed a 200 percent tax increase on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Members of parliament voted instead to maintain the current “vice tax” rates. Myanmar currently imposes a 100-percent tax on cigarettes and a 50-percent tax on other tobacco products […]