WHO proposes ban on duty free alcohol

Posted by Isobel Drake on 18th December 2009

The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking into the prospect of a global ban on duty-free alcohol – a move that has taken many by surprise.

A strategy paper released earlier this month by the WHO indicated such a move was firmly on their agenda. It said governments should consider “taxing sales of alcoholic beverages to, and/or the importation of such beverages by, international travellers on the same basis as if such travellers had purchased such beverages in the domestic market of the country levying the taxes.” In other words, it appears that the WHO would like to see duty free alcohol as a thing of the past.

The report also suggested that regulation of sponsorship, a minimum tax for alcohol, and stricter trading hours for licensed premises could possibly help reduce the number of instances of alcohol abuse.

However, this is not yet policy of the World Health Organization, with the executive board still to review the paper.

To read the full report please click here.