Excise tax could boost bootleg booze

  • 1999-01-07
  • Denise Albrighton
TALLINN - Leading distilleries in Estonia have warned that the sale of illegal alcohol could soar to 60 percent after a rise in excise tax last month. Toivo Kreen, marketing manager at the Moe Distillery, said the company had already noticed a big difference in sales after the excise tax on vodka rose from 115 to 145 kroons a litre at the beginning of December. Newspaper reports Jan. 5 suggested that Estonia's largest hard alcohol producer, Liviko, is to lay off 30 employees and operate at partial capacity from January as a result of poor sales. No one at Liviko was available for comment. "...
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