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Regulations regarding alcohol consumption in Africa

alcohol consumption in Africa

Regulations regarding alcohol consumption in Africa

Hello everyone! We welcome you again to our blog. In the previous posts we talked about alcohol export taxes in Spain and about international labeling of alcoholic beverages. In Venerable Capital we are specialists in exporting both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, mostly in Africa. Therefore, today we will discuss the different laws and regulations regarding alcohol consumption in Africa.

Beforehand, it should be taken into account that each country in Africa has different laws regarding the regulation of alcohol consumption. However, we will be focusing on the laws that are more usual to happen.

alcohol consumption in Africa

Where can alcohol be purchased?

In Africa, as in almost everywhere in the world, it is possible to acquire alcohol both in bars and restaurants and in specialty shops (liquor stores). However, bars and restaurants tend to tax higher than specialty shops. As a result, it would be a good option to consider selling in liquor stores because the amount the supplier would end up paying will be lower.

Is it legal for minors to drink and purchase alcohol?

In general, most African countries do not have any type of restriction nor penalty regarding alcohol consumption when the person is underage, meaning that no fine would be applied. However, in most countries there is a minimum age for selling alcohol. This age varies by country from 16 to 18 years, with some exceptions such as Cameroon, Egypt or Equatorial Guinea that only allow selling alcohol when the person is 21 years old or older. 2% of African countries have completely banned both sale and consumption of alcohol.

alcohol in africaPublic advertisment of alcoholic beverages

Africa is also an interesting option for exporting of alcoholic beverages since it barely has any regulations when it comes to advertising and promoting alcoholic beverages. 70% of African countries do not have any type of restriction. Only 14 countries of the total have some kind of control over advertisements regarding alcoholic beverages.

We hope you found this article useful. However, exporting and selling alcoholic beverages around the world can a very difficult subjetct for someone that is not an expert in the field. If you have any inquiries after reading this article, we encourage you to contact us through our contact form. In Venerable Capital we are qualified experts in exporting and selling alcoholic beverages, so we will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you!

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