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Government reviews Dry Law measure after request from alcohol industry

Government reviews Dry Law measure after request from alcohol industry

The Minister of Commerce and Industries, Ramón Martínez, said on Wednesday that the request of the alcoholic beverages industry is being analyzed, regarding the complete suspension of the Dry Law established in the midst of the pandemic.
"This decision [of the Dry Law] was made to preserve the health and control of people in the midst of the pandemic. We are analyzing the request and this week we may have answers," said the minister.

He added that despite the fact that the industry has not detailed the effects that they have registered, "it is sensible to think that they have inventories and that they should leave them, and that a black market is also being created."

In previous days, the Alcoholic Beverage Industry in Panama stated that after two and a half months of having trade restrictions, to maintain a Dry Law "is not necessary", for which it requested the authorities to suspend it in its entirety.

These statements were made during a tour of the Cantera in Gonzalillo.
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