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Importing alcohol to be made easier. Government suggests lifting existing ban. The government would like to make it easier to import your own alcohol by suggesting a change to the present laws. Should it pass, people will no longer have to carry bags laden with booze on planes when travelling back to Norway. Present practice At present, the only way of importing more than the permitted quota is for travellers to bring it in themselves when they return from trip abroad, albeit in limited quantity. The only other exceptions to this rule are if alcohol is imported via Vinmonopolet, or if an application for exemption is made under special circumstances – in cases of large quantities of luggage, inheritance, gifts, or upon immigration. Today’s laws forbid purchasing alcohol out of the country and paying a third party to transport it in. This is something the government would like to change.The idea behind it

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Importing alcohol to be made easier

Published on Monday, 6th April, 2009 at 23:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Government suggests lifting existing ban.

A lot of wine bottles in a cellar
A lot of wine bottles in a cellar
Photo: Velefante/Shutterstock photos


The government would like to make it easier to import your own alcohol by suggesting a change to the present laws. Should it pass, people will no longer have to carry bags laden with booze on planes when travelling back to Norway.

Present practice

At present, the only way of importing more than the permitted quota is for travellers to bring it in themselves when they return from trip abroad, albeit in limited quantity. The only other exceptions to this rule are if alcohol is imported via Vinmonopolet, or if an application for exemption is made under special circumstances – in cases of large quantities of luggage, inheritance, gifts, or upon immigration. Today’s laws forbid purchasing alcohol out of the country and paying a third party to transport it in. This is something the government would like to change.

The idea behind it

Should their proposal pass, it will be easier to buy alcohol that is not available here through Vinmonopolet. Travellers have bought alcohol abroad and wish to avoid carting it home themselves by paying someone else to do it will also benefit.

The rub

But should one choose to do this, Norwegian duties and taxes will still have to be paid. The new law will neither mean increased access to alcohol, nor private persons or businesses being able to escape the present rules on age-limit or serving-times. To ensure these are adhered to, the government suggests that new methods of control be put in place

European intervention

The reason for the amendment is because EFTA’s surveillance authority has asked Norway to lift its ban. This is partly due to the European Court’s judgement in the so-called Rosengren case.

Bitter taste

However, the government say that most people will still find it cheaper and easier to buy from Vinmonopolet, because neither transportation nor import duty-related costs would be incurred . Furthermore, Vinmonopolet will still have the sole right to sell strong alcoholic drinks here.

The amendment is expected to apply from 01 July of this year.



Published on Monday, 6th April, 2009 at 23:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: alcohol, wine, import, norway, vinmonopolet.





  
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