THAILAND BANS ALCOHOL IN GIFT HAMPERS
By Tony Zhu
It is illegal to include alcohol in gift hampers in Thailand, offenders can face imprisonment of up to six months and a fine of Baht10,000 (USD290).
Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce reminds retailers of the alcohol ban in hampers ahead of new year’s day when consumers will fork out on pre-packed hampers to hand out as presents.
Section 30 of Thailand’s Alcohol Control Act (2008) states that anyone who offers a gift basket containing alcohol can face imprisonment of up to six months and a fine of Baht10,000.
However, the law does not ban presentation of alcohol separately as a gift.
Thai officials will take spot checks on festive hampers to ensure that no alcohol is included and that the goodies are reasonably priced and unexpired.
Retailers are required to display the list of each item in the hamper along with their prices to let customers know what they are buying and that each of them is priced correctly.
Thailand is a Buddhist country with more restrictions on drinking than most countries. An ongoing campaign called “Giving Liquor = Curse” will remind consumers ahead of festive seasons not to gift friends and relatives alcohol.
The campaign suggests that gifting someone alcohol is like putting a curse on them because drinking alcohol can lead to accidents and diseases.
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