NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The Customs Department’s top officials issued a “cease and desist” warning yesterday to persons selling alcoholic beverages in the Bahamian market in violation of distributorship rights.
Ralph Munroe, Customs Comptroller during a media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday acknowledged that the Customs Department has received complaints on the issue from some of the country’s major distributors of alcoholic beverages.
“We have had some complaints recently from the major distributors of alcoholic beverages in the country. That complaint is that it has come to their attention that there are a lot of products in the Bahamian market that they have the sole distributorship for that they are not responsible for selling to the public.”
Munroe said that persons who engage in such acts have “run afoul of the law.” “We are saying to them to cease and desist. That is an area that Customs is going to pursue vigorously.”
He added, “We are not saying that the duty hasn’t been paid. We are saying that persons who have intellectual property have a right to guard it. All persons who may have run afoul of the law in that regard, we are warning them now that the Customs Department will be coming after you.”
Just say the Chinese……m