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Wed, 07 Oct, 2015 12:04:00 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 7
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Importation of alcoholic beverages by travellers between September 2014 and August 2015 declined by 11 per cent compared to the corresponding period in last year, said the National Institute for Health and Welfare-THL.
The figures are based on survey in which different drinks are modified to a hundred per cent alcohol.
The previous THL survey also showed importation of alcoholic drinks to be declining.
Leading expert Esa Österberg pointed out that it is clear that tighter control is having effect.
“The development started from 2013 when a Customs regulation was enforced in which shipping companies were no longer allowed to bring alcoholic beverages pre-ordered by passengers to the Finnish side. That is how it started,” Österberg said.
Also, the redefined limit guidelines and enhanced control by the Customs have contributed to the slowdown of importation of alcoholic beverages.
Österberg does not believe the change in the drinking habits has impacted the drop of imports. According to Österberg, people do not change so much easily voluntarily, but change of behaviour does occur, if there is some kind of enforcement in place.
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