Angola plans to restrict imports of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

23 November 2012

Imports of large quantities of drinks “have their days numbered,” in Angola, the Minister for Industry, Bernarda da Silva said in Luanda Thursday, noting that 2017 was the likely deadline.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the minister said that the measure, which will cover alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water and juices, was intended to protect the country’s industrial sector.

“The government has been working on protecting national industry, and intends to reduce imports,” noted Silva.

Without mentioning figures the minister said that initiatives were underway that would allow Angola to reduce its current level of drinks imports, such as an increase in customs tax on imported products.

The Angolan government’s aim, Silva said, was to support the re-launch of the country’s industrial sector and to “force” foreign companies that export to Angola to produce those products in the country itself. (macauhub)