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Now that the festive period is upon us the Excise Department are aware that celebrations will inevitably involve a lot of alcohol and they have vowed to tighten control on smuggled liquors and to stamp out border smuggling of alcoholic drinks particularly across the southern border.
Mr. Somchai Poonsawat, the Director General of the Excise Department has admitted that the smuggling of foreign liquors have risen steadily since the increase in excise tax on alcohol. He said that most foreign liquors are smuggled across the southern border to Thailand and kept in secret stocks. This has prompted the excise authorities to step up the checking of stocks of bars and restaurants in an effort to stamp the smuggling out. He went on to say that during the first quarter of the 2014 fiscal year from October to December 15, excise officials have seized a total of 9,800 smuggled liquors and the fines imposed have totaled `119 million baht. However he forecast of higher tax collection on liquors as the result of the long cool season this year which was pushing up alcohol drinking. He said that tax collection from liquors from October to November amounted to 71.6 billion baht, or 959 million baht above the target