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No more beer and wine delivery, Thailand to ban online alcohol sales

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There’s going to be a new ban on alcohol sales, but apparently just on so-called “electronic channels.” (We think this means purchasing through social media outlets and websites)  For those who order craft beer that can’t be found at local stores, you might be out of luck. An announcement on the Royal Gazette says no more online alcohol sales. The ban will take effect 90 days after publication.

Selling and buying beer, wine and spirits online has become more popular, but the internet alcohol sales are harder to control than sales at local liquor stores, according to the announcement signed by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. The announcement says it’s difficult to make sure the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act is being followed, like no alcohol sales before 5pm or on certain holidays, although some local stores don’t even follow all the rules.

Selling alcohol online without the buyer and seller physically meeting will be banned. The prime minister got advice from the National Alcoholic Beverage Policy Committee and decided to prohibit other online actions relating to alcohol sales.  The Nation Thailand says the ban also includes persuading, introducing the alcoholic product or related services through electronic channels.

People will still be able to use electronic methods of payment, like bank transfers, when buying alcohol at stores, restaurants or other establishments.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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  1. Stan Nomad

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Buddy of mine gets really good online booze deals, better than high street prices in CHINA.

  2. sam thompson

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    No surprises there….suspect it is more to do with profit margins for influential business interests who will be losing out to these online traders who offer better prices and accessibility

  3. stephen cooke

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Why do they think banning online alcohol sales is prudent. Most Thais buy cheap dangerous to health very strong whisky locally. Only 10% population ever drink wine or higher class spririts. What is the end means of having an online ban? The personal meeting does take place on delivery so only adults can accept delivery & only those who can afford it! Alcoholic drinks are sold all day in local shops everywhere!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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