Swedish Government to Outlaw Online Alcohol

The Swedish government has proposed a new law that could pass as soon as the first of January 2018. The law would effectively make it illegal for e-commerce shops to sell wine or other alcoholic beverages to Swedish consumers.

Sweden plan to achieve this by putting the responsibility of actually moving the goods on the buyer, who subsequently also have to pay the alcohol tax on the imported products.

It will in practical terms make it illegal, if the law passes, for Swedish citizens to buy alcohol online from another EU country. Unless they themselves arrange the transportation with a third party and also pay the alcohol tax, a tax that today is payed to the Swedish government by the seller.

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