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Sweden plan to ban online alcohol sales

The government of Sweden has proposed a new law that will make it illegal for online shops from another EU country to sell alcohol to Swedish consumers. The proposed legislation would effectively ban online sales of alcohol by putting the responsibility of actually moving the goods and paying the alcohol tax on the imported products, on the buyer. With the new law in force, customers would need to arrange the transportation of their alcoholic goods with a third party and also pay the alcohol tax, which is currently paid to the government by the seller. The government plans aren’t welcomed by all institutions in Sweden. The Swedish Public Health Agency doesn’t think a ban of the online sales of alcohol will be beneficial to public health in the country. It will also be difficult to pass the proposed law, as it goes against the current EU regulations for a free movement of goods.

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