Advance excise duty payment plan will choke alcohol makers, drive up illicits

Alcohol manufacturers in Kenya have protested President William Ruto’s administration’s decision to require them to pay excise duty in advance, arguing that doing so will not only strain their businesses but also drive up the prevalence of illicit liquor. Alcoholic Beverages Association of Kenya (ABAK), the industry lobby, claimed that forcing alcohol producers to pay excise duty within 24 hours after removing their products from the stockroom was a policy declaration that would punish innocent players due to failures in tackling illicit alcohol in Kenya. They claimed that although the plan was intended to assist stop the trafficking of illicit alcohol, it is more likely…

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