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Tempered Temperance in Bali

Bali Customs Officer Bust Two Stashes of Smuggled Booze.

(4/13/2010) The Jakarta Post and Radar Bali report the seizure during the first week of April 2010 of thousands of bottles of imported alcohol lacking the required excise stickers or bearing counterfeit stickers. The value of the 2,827 bottles of liquor seized at two locations in Bali is estimated at Rp. 500 million (US$53,000) equal to Rp. 150 million (US$16,000) in loss tax revenues had the alcohol been sold illegally on the market.

The seized imported beverages were comprised of wines and hard liquor originating from U.S. and European manufacturers.

Customs officials conducted raids on two warehouses located on Jalan Gatot Subroto in Denpasar and Jalan Danau Tempe in Sanur and arrested two individuals in connection with the raids. If convicted of breaking Customs regulations the two could each face five years in prison.

Local tourism observers continue to warn that high taxes imposed on liquor and wine imports create ripe opportunities for black market activities.