"Beer tax to push consumers over border"

12th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – The sector organisation Central Brewery Office (CBK) fears a tax hike of 30 percent on beer proposed by the cabinet will push consumers over the border to Germany to buy beer. The CBK says the price difference between a crate of beer in Germany and one in the Netherlands could increase to as much as EUR 1.80.

12 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – The sector organisation Central Brewery Office (CBK) fears a tax hike of 30 percent on beer proposed by the cabinet will push consumers over the border to Germany to buy beer.
 
The CBK says the price difference between a crate of beer in Germany and one in the Netherlands could increase to as much as EUR 1.80.

"The tax in Germany is close to the European minimum rate, while the Netherlands will be in the league with the exorbitant Scandinavian rates if this tax hike goes through," the CBK said Monday.

The cabinet wants to raise taxes on beer from 2009 in order to fight alcohol abuse among youth. The CBK does not think the measure will work. "The increased price is supposed to keep the youth from drinking. However research shows that young people under the age of 16 mainly drink at home from their parents' alcohol, so they won't be hit in their own wallets," the sector organisation says.

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